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Drive the Atlantic Road

from £783 excluding flights

  • 5 nights
  • May-Aug
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Highlights

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Drive one of the world's most beautiful roads

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Wind your way up the dramatic Trollstigen route

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Discover the art nouveau town of Alesund

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Stay on Haholmen island, an idyllic retreat only accessible by boat

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Well-researched route

We've put our years of experience into creating this well-paced itinerary that includes the places we know you'll enjoy

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

Overview

This wonderful self-drive takes in the many sights along the west coast of central Norway including the famous Atlantic Road, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful road trips. Visit the art nouveau town of Alesund, the coastal town of Molde and relax in the idyllic village Haholmen, only accessible by boat – the perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature. This is a great short break showcasing Norway’s many charms.

With much packed into only a few days, this itinerary starts in the fascinating town Alesund. A beguiling ferry and fishing port, its streets are flanked by handsome buildings, whose pastel-painted facades are lavishly decorated with turrets, towers, floral patterns, dragons, faces and even the odd Pharoah, dating from 1904 when the town centre was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in this idiosyncratic Art Nouveau style.

Molde, known as the town of roses, based on the many lush rose gardens. There are several attractions here to keep you busy, perhaps venture to Varden viewpoint, offering a lovely view over the town and the famous Molde panorama with its 222 snow-clad peaks; the Romsdal Museum, a comprehensive folk museum; the Green Corridor, a nature trail with a baroque chateau; Molde Cathedral and not forgetting the Rose Gardens. From Molde there are several lovely round trips by car to take, so you may wish to spend longer here and enjoy the surrounding area.

The next part of the journey takes you further north to the small fishing village of Bud, where you can experience World War II history at Ergan Coastal Fort, before continuing on the national tourist route and The Atlantic Road, known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world. If you fancy a hike to stretch the legs there is the Nordneset coastal path, an easy family friendly trail starting at Farstad. Once over the iconic Atlantic road stop at Geitoya quay where you park your car and take the boat service to Haholmen village, an 18th century fishing village with traditional fisherman’s cabins and a lovely peaceful location to unwind and enjoy the restaurant’s fine seafood. Please note, getting on and off the boat at Haholmen may be tricky for those with walking difficulties. Plus there are some wooden walkways and steps on the island between the different buildings and the rooms.

Itinerary

Arrive in Alesund and take the airport bus or a taxi (payable locally) to the city centre and your chosen hotel for a two-night stay on a breakfast basis.

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Explore the town at your own pace or on a guided tour, take one of the many excursions available or just relax and enjoy the surrounds before the difficult task of deciding where to dine for the evening.

Collect your rental car and head off towards the town of Molde. There are different routes available to take, the most spectacular of which takes in the national tourist route Trollstigen characterised by its many hairpin bends and viewpoints on the route to Andalsnes and onwards to the coastal town of Molde for an overnight stay at Molde Fjordstuer.

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Continue the journey to Bud, where you can stop off and visit the coastal fort before taking the tourist route and The Atlantic Road as it zigzags across bridges from island to island and on to the departure point for Haholmen village where the boat departs hourly between noon and 9pm from June to August.

Spend two nights at Haholmen Havstuer on half board basis.

Spend a leisurely day on this charming island – a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the scenery or join a boating trip if available.

Depart Haholmen village and transfer by boat back to Geitoya. Drive to Kristiansund airport for your flight home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday. However, with a wide choice of accommodation in the Norwegian Fjords, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £783 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £280 per person (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
Note: Airfares tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Car rental for 4 days
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from around £783 per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom in standard hotels, and rental of an intermediate vehicle.

Prices may vary depending on departure date and booking date, as well as any changes to the included components. The final cost of a tailored holiday will be based on the level of accommodation, size of vehicle, included activities, travel season, and how far in advance it is booked. We will confirm the exact price for your holiday in your individual quotation, based on your chosen travel dates and inclusions.

Choice of Vehicles

We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person per day.

  • We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.

Note: there is a one-way car rental fee to drop-off at Kristiansund, which is payable locally (price start from approx. £150-£300 depending on the car catergory hired)

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The World's Great. Pass it On

To mark our 40th anniversary, we've launched our Education Bursary Fund to help disadvantaged school children experience the wonders of travel. A percentage of revenue from every holiday booked will go into the bursary fund to pay for at least 40 students to join one of our school trips abroad.