Fjords, Charms & Traditions - 8 days
Take a self drive holiday through Norway's stunning fjords. Explore Norway's capital Oslo, visit open air folk museums, spectacular fjords, beautiful towns, tall mountain peaks and endless glaciers.
Upon arrival in Oslo International Airport you will collect your rental car and drive into Oslo. On your journey in you'll be met with views of beautiful forests and the Oslofjord which surround the vibrant city. Check into your hotel and why not walk along the streets and explore the city of the royal family and the main Karl Johan's Street with many shops bars and cafes.
Oslo - Geilo. After breakfast you hit the road again as you drive along the Tyrfjorden and cross the road to Begnadalen Fagernes. Why not stop at Valdresmusea Fagarnes - an open air folk museum which has been open since 1901! This impressive museum has a fascinating collection of more than 70 houses, traces the history of Norway over the years. This afternoon head to the small villages of Gol and Geilo. Continuing on to the desert plateau Hardangervidda and stop the impressive waterfall Voringfoss.
Overnight: Geilo | Breakfast
Lofthus - Bergen. Today you'll head to Bergen. On the way you'll cross the bridge over the fourth longest fjord in the world - Hardangerfjord. Once in Bergen soak up the atmosphere of the old harbour - Bryggen, listed as a World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. You can also take a funicular to the top of Mount Floien where you can really admire Bergen - the city of seven hills. We also recommend a visit to the house of the great composer Greig as well as the stave church Fantoft.
Overnight: Bergen | Breakfast
Fjords to Balestrand
Bergen - Balestrand. This morning your road trip starts with a stop at Gudvangen - a small village in the heart of the fjords. Here you can take an optional two hour cruise on the Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord - its narrowest arm - in order to get to Flam - you will also need to get a shuttle back to Gudvagen to get your car again. From Gudvangen you'll take the road along the fjord and two ferries between Mannheller and Fodnes and then between Hella and Dragsvik (payable locally) before you get to your destination for the day - Balestrand.
Overnight: Balestrand | Breakfast
Balestrand to Loen. Continuing north you'll drive along the Sognefjord and through Forde. Take a stop along the way to see the Briksdal glacier before reaching the village of Loen. At the Briksdal glacier you can choose between walking along the glacier or you can take a troll car and enjoy a ride to the glacier.
Overnight: Loen | Breakfast
Cruising the fjords
Loen - Geiranger and Lillehammer region. This morning you head towards Geirange to cruise past half of one of the most impressive and narrow fjords of Norway. You will see numerous waterfalls and abandoned mountain farms along the way, which are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. On your return to Geiranger continue to Eidsdal and take a ferry over to Linde (payable locally). Once across the fjord you will take the famous road of Trolls. This hair-raising road has no less than 11 hairpin bends and is certainly a highlight of your driving days! Later on you will reach Skeikampen where you will overnight.
Overnight: Vinstra | Breakfast
Vinstra - Oslo. Today is an Olympic day as you travel from Vinstra to Lillehammer - the host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. You should definitely go to see the Olympic ski jumping hill as well as the open air museum in Maihaugen. Continuing back to Oslo you can explore the impressive Frogner Park with 212 scuptures made by Gustav Vigeland and the natinal symbol - the Arkehus fortress. You can also take a ride on the Bygdoy Peninsula, visit the Viking Museum with three preserved Viking ships, or the Farm Museum and its ships left from their polar expeditions.
Overnight: Oslo | Breakfast
After breakfast and check out at your hotel it is time to head back to the airport to return your car and pick up your flight home.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults during low season. The tour cost for travelling in mid or peak season is higher. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.