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Norwegian Fjord Highlights

from £1503 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • May-Sep
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Highlights & Video

Our new video takes you on an immersive journey through the region providing a taste of what a self-drive holiday could look like for you. Much more than a teaser, this 7-minute video follows four of our clients on their week-long adventure from Bergen to Alesund and is well worth a watch.

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Norway’s fjord-riven coastline, sheer sided mountains and colourful villages are a real head-turner. The long days and pleasant temperatures of summer invite independent exploration.

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Marvel at spectacular fjord scenery

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Explore the beautiful city of Bergen

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Chance to ride the incredibly scenic Flamsbana railway

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Walk on the Folgefonna glacier

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


Norwegian fjords have an undisputed ‘wow’ factor and must surely top the must-see list of most summer visitors. These winding, deep blue stretches of water with precipitous flanks are magnificent, and this week long, gently paced self drive holiday explores two of the most spectacular, and a lot more besides.

Exceptionally comfortable accommodation and the general lack of traffic, makes this fly drive holiday a dream; taking in two of the most spectacular and dramatic fjords, Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.

Hardanger is known as the ‘orchard’ because of its abundance of cherry, plum and apple orchards – visit in May for the beautiful blossoms or August for the delicious fruit – cherries from a roadside vendor never tasted so good!

In Flam, a ride on the impossibly scenic Flamsbana ‘corkscrew’ railway is not to be missed. Choose a return journey by rail, or come back on foot or by bike as the 20km journey is pretty much all downhill!

Bergen is delightful, especially its old quarter, Bryggen, with its colourful wooden buildings. Admire the views over the city from the top of Mount Floyen.

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Fly to Bergen and collect your rental vehicle from the airport and set off to the first destination Lofthus. Your accommodation for the first two nights is at Hotel Ullensvang

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Spend the day at leisure enjoying the fantastic variety of facilities at Hotel Ullensvang. Try the indoor swimming pool or brave a dip in the fjord; play tennis; spend time in the fitness suite; go kayaking; hiking or rent a bicycle and explore. The hotel has incredible vistas across the water to Folgefonna glacier and the view of the towering mountains behind the hotel is equally impressive. Perhaps explore Lofthus – the interesting older part has narrow lanes, traditional timber buildings and the old stone church which dates from 1250.

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Depart Lofthus and trace the coastline north. Continue through Brimnes to Eidfjord and perhaps visit the Nature Centre where you can learn about the area’s nature and geology. Turn back and take the Hardangerbridge across the fjord, then travelling north to Voss with its attractive lakeside setting. The striking church is well worth a visit with the interior as unusual as its exterior. From Lake Vangsvatnet continue to Flam. Flanked by orchards and meadows, Flam sits on the edge of Aurlandfjord, a narrow offshoot of Sognefjord.

Flam is the terminus for the Flamsbana – the famous ‘corkscrew railway’ said to be one of the steepest and most scenic rail journeys in the world – alas a trip from start to finish takes just an hour, but it is highly recommended! The 29km branch line, dating from the 1920’s, climbs 900m through twists, turns and tunnels including a couple of 180° bends, hugging sheer mountains, travelling over breathtaking drops, past elegant waterfalls and other incredible features to the junction at Myrdal. Overnight stay at the Flamsbrygga Hotel, a striking red-timbered property.
(approx 2 hours / 122km)

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If not experiencing the railway today, set off from the Flamsbrygga and drive through beautiful countryside to Vangsnes, where a 12m hilltop statue of a legendary Viking chief looks down over the jetty. From here take the ferry across to Dragsvik (payable locally), drive to Balestrand on the shores of Sognefjord, a delightful area that has been attracting visitors for over a century. Check in at Hotel Kviknes, home for the next two nights on half board.
(approx 2.5 hours / 118km)

A day at leisure to explore Balestrand on foot or by bicycle, make use of the facilities at your hotel, go hiking in the mountains, take a boat trip or perhaps rent fishing equipment or a rowing boat and head down to the water.

Drive west along the fjord to Lavik and take the ferry across to Oppedal (payable locally), ready for the leisurely drive south back to Bergen. Return the rental car to the city office before spending the last two nights in Bergen at Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar.
(approx 4 hours / 215 km)

The day to explore this wonderful city – take the Floibanen up to Mount Floyen for amazing views over the city – the funicular railway transports passengers from the city centre to a height of 320m in just eight minutes; visit the waterfront fish market, which actually sells all kinds of produce and handicrafts; wander around the old wooden houses on the famous Bryggen or perhaps relax in a cafe after some shopping time.

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If travelling home later today, you’ll still have time for a little shopping or sightseeing before heading to the airport and your flight home, depending on your chosen route. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to pass the time in Bergen so why not consider extending your stay for another night or two?

Make your own way back to the airport and depart for your flight home.

Accommodation Options

We have selected properties for this holiday as referenced in the itinerary. 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 £1503 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 throughout with unlimited mileage
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from around £1,503 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.
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