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Norway offers many magnificent driving routes and it is impossible to do them all justice in just one tour.

The challenge was to narrow it down based on our own experience of driving in Norway. The result is a tour of Norway’s magnificent western fjords and features much of what you might expect when you hear about how beautiful Norway is.

Your journey features panoramic mountain passes such as Vikafjellet and Sognfjellet. It negotiates the  hair-pin bends of Eagle Road as it climbs out of Geiranger, leading to the famous Trollstigen Pass. It island-hops along the Atlantic Road connecting a string of shimmering coastal islands to the mainland. And on numerous occasions it snakes its way along narrow shelf-roads, skirting the edge of the fjord where the mountain meets the water.

Marvel at the great feats of engineering your journey features and let your camera attempt to capture the splendour of it all. This holiday is meant to make you stop and suck in your breath!

Day 1 |  Kvam Mountains - Hardanger (50 miles)

Flight from Heathrow to Bergen (via Oslo). Collect your hire car at the airport. Your journey leaves the suburbs of Bergen and crosses the Kvam Mountains descending to Norheimsund, overlooking the Hardangerfjord.

2 nights NORHEIMSUND – Thon Hotel Sandven (3*)
Meals included today:  None


Day 2 |  Explore Hardanger

For more than a century travellers have visited Hardanger to experience mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers and it has been a fruit-growing region since the 14th century.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 3 |  Hardanger - Vikafjell - Sognefjord (104 miles)

Drive alongside Hardangerfjord and climb the gorge, passing Skjervet Falls, to the lakeside resort of Voss. Continue alongside Lake Løna and over the great Vik Mountain plateau with breathtaking panoramas whilst descending to Sognefjord. Across the fjord by car ferry to Dragsvik (duration 20 mins) and around the Esefjord to Balestrand, located on a promontory of land overlooking the Sognefjord.

2 nights BALESTRAND – Midtnes Hotel (2* plus)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 4 | Balestrand and Sognefjord

Why not head off on one of the walking trails from Balestrand? Alternatively, the road over Gaularfjellet features racing rivers, waterfalls and steep mountain slopes and is right on the doorstep.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 5 | Sognefjord - Lustrafjord - Sognefjellet (100 miles)

A delightful drive on the shelf road along the northern shore of the Sognefjord towards Sogndal which includes the car ferry from Dragsvik to Hella (duration 10 mins). Continue alongside the Lustrafjord and begin the slow climb of Sognefjellet with panoramic views of the towering Jotunheimen Mountains and glaciers. Through lovely Bøverdalen to Elveseter.

1 night ELVESETER – Elveseter Hotel (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast, Dinner


Day 6 | Geirangerfjord - Eagle's Road - Trollstigen (162 miles)

Today’s route showcases spectacular scenery of deep fjords, the Sunnmøre peaks and lush valleys. Ørneveien (Eagles Road), has 11 hairpin bends as it climbs out of Geiranger and provides incomparable views of the village, the fjord and Seven Sisters Waterfall. Cross the fjord by car ferry from Eidsdal to Linge (duration 10 mins). Trollstigen (Troll’s Path) also has 11 hairpin bends; don’t forget to make a stop at the viewing platform for a view of the curling road beneath you. Continue around the Romsdalfjord and across Langfjord by car ferry (duration 10 mins) to Molde, overlooking the Molde Panorama, a magnificent view of 222 snowcapped peaks.

1 night MOLDE – Thon Hotel Moldefjord (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 7 |  The Atlantic Road & Coast - Ålesund (160 miles)

A full day of magnificent scenery with the highlight being the Averøy coastline and the Atlantic Road or Atlantersveien, a magnificent stretch of road curving from islet to islet over its seven bridges. We recommend taking a break to stretch your legs along the elevated hiking path at Eidhusøya island (there's also a 'hidden' cafe for a tea/coffee stop!). Continue along the coastline, via the picturesque fishing village of Bud, returning to Molde for the car ferry across to Vestnes (duration 1 hr 3 mins). Short drive into Ålesund. The town lies over three islands connected by bridges.

2 nights ÅLESUND – Scandic Ålesund Hotel (4*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 8 |  Explore Ålesund

From Ålesund we recommend you visit the summit of Mount Aksla for the famous viewing point of the town and a visit to the Art Nouveau Centre and the Art Museum KUBE which are located in the old Swan Apothecary.

The centre of Ålesund is very picturesque with a good selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.

Meals included today:  Breakfast


Day 9 |  Størfjord - Lake Hornindal - Nordfjord (98 miles)

Across and alongside the Storfjord from Solevågen to Festøya (duration 20-mins). Continue southwards alongside the fjord to your second ferry of the day from Volda to Folkestad (duration 15 mins). Enjoy a lovely journey alongside Lake Hornindal, not only Norway's and Europe's deepest lake but surely one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, before dropping down to the shores of Nordfjord and the village of Loen.

2 nights LOEN - Hotel Loenfjord (3*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast, Dinner


Day 10 | Loen and Nordfjord

There are numerous sightseeing and activity opportunities to choose from with Loen as your base. The centre of Loen is home to Loen Skylift, a magnificent cable car which climbs 1,011 metres to the top of Mount Hoven for amazing views of the Nordfjord and mountains. There is an excellent restaurant at the top with panoramic views. Those with a head for heights will love Via Ferrata Loen and the climb of Mount Hoven with the option to return by the Skylift.

The tiny village of Loen sits at the innermost area of Nordfjord and is overlooked by the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The Jostedalsbreen National Park is a protected region and is home to two popular glacial 'arms'; Kjenndalsbreen and Briksdalbreen. It's hard to recommend one over the other, so we strongly suggest visiting both!

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Dinner


Day 11 | Jølster - Romarheimsdal - Bergen (176 miles)

around the head of the fjord and over Utvik Mountain to Byrkjelo. Continue through Våtedal to the village of Skei which overlooks Lake Jølster. There is an excellent gift and souvenir shop - Audhild Viken - in the centre of Skei which sells a variety of traditional arts and crafts and the much sort after Norwegian knitwear. This is also an excellent spot to break for a snack or lunch with raspeballer (a potato dumpling), waffles and kjøttkaker (meat balls) being particular favourites.

Take the car ferry from Lavik to Oppedal (duration approx. 20 minutes) and continue through Romarheimsdal to Bergen.

1 night BERGEN – Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz (4*)
Meals included today:  Breakfast, Complimentary buffet dinner (Rosenkrantz only)


Day 12 | Return home

Drive to Bergen Airport and leave your hire car at the airport before checking in for your return flight home.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Departure Day:  Possible daily
Departure Dates:  25 May – 25 Sep 2020
Duration:  11 nights
Price from:  £2095 per person, based on two people travelling together in one car and sharing a double/twin room throughout.
Deposit:  £200 per person


It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled return flights from Heathrow to Bergen with SAS in SAS Go class which includes taxes plus 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand luggage per person.
    Alternative departure airports are available, please ask for details and prices.
  • Car hire with Europcar with pick-up and drop-off at Bergen Airport, based on a VW Golf 1.6 or similar including CDW (excess NOK9500), Unlimited Mileage, City/Airport Surcharge and Tax.
  • 2 nights at the 3 * Thon Hotel Sandven in Norheimsund based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast. Free car parking.
  • 2 nights at the 3* Midtnes Hotel in Balestrand based on a fjord-view double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast. Free car parking.
  • 1 night at the 3* Elveseter Hotel in Elveseter based on a modern double/twin room including buffet dinner and breakfast. Free car parking.
  • 1 night at the 3* Thon Hotel Moldefjord in Molde based on a standard double/twin room including buffet breakfast. Free car parking.
  • 2 nights at the 4* Scandic Hotel Ålesund in Ålesund based on a standard twin/double room including buffet breakfast. Car parking at an additional cost close by.
  • 2 nights at the 3* Hotel Loenfjord in Loen based on a standard twin/double room including daily buffet dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night at the 4* Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz in Bergen based on a standard double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast and complimentary evening buffet meal* Car parking is available in the multi-storey car park directly across the road from the hotel for a supplement (payable locally) – preferential rate given to hotel guests.
  • A copy of the vintage motoring gazetteer ‘Motoring in Norway’.
  • Quality regional road map.
  • Detailed motoring itinerary, travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection.

Thon Hotel Sandven (3*) – Norheimsund

Thon Hotel Sandven in Norheimsund, Norway

This hotel is a delightful mixture of Scandinavian historical and Scandinavian modern and despite the breadth of difference between them, they actually fit together rather nicely. The original part of the hotel was built at the end of the 19th century and was known simply as Sandven Hotel; this historical section is full of charm and history and was awarded the distinction ‘Olavsrosa’ by the foundation for Norwegian Heritage – a quality label for experiences rooted in Norwegian cultural heritage. Each of the bedrooms in this part of the hotel are different – in size and decoration – yet with the same quality of design and comfort as their modern counterparts.

In the modern part of the hotel the bedrooms have a more contemporary design and those who have stayed at Thon Hotels previously will be familiar with the bright and welcoming style of decoration. All Scandinavia Only guests receive a fjord-view room during their stay.

The hotel’s public rooms in the historical section are simply beautiful with wood-panelled walls and antique paintings and furniture. The dining room is truly lovely and there are plenty of places to sit and relax in the equally beautiful lounge/reception area.

The hotel sits directly alongside the Hardangerfjord with gardens along one side and the village of Norheimsund on the other. This is a great location from which to explore the numerous sites and attractions of Hardanger.

Midtnes Hotel (2* plus) – Balestrand

Midtnes Hotel Balestrand

The Midtnes Hotel or Midtnes Pensjonat as we always call it (for many years it used the Norwegian name for a small, traditional, Norwegian guesthouse) is one of the most popular small hotels in Western Norway, and rightly so. It is owned and managed by Jon Gjeraker, who is a wonderful host and a mine of local information. All rooms are accessible via a lift and have shower and WC with a number also having a private balcony. We always reserve rooms for Scandinavia Only clients with a balcony and fjord view when available. The hotel has a selection of nice, intimate lounge areas, one with an open fireplace, so there is plenty of space to relax with a glass of wine/beer or cup of tea/coffee. The hotel also has a lovely sun terrace with a fabulous panorama view of the Sognefjord. In addition to this the hotel also has its own pier, a bathing place and rowing boat. Water comes straight from a mountain lake and is drinkable from the tap!

Elveseter Hotel (3*) – Elveseter

Elveseter Hotel in Norway

Elveseter is an old farmstead situated in Bøverdalen valley in Lom County. Tourists from all walks of life, queens, kings, and heads of state as well as internationally acclaimed adventurers have all visited Elveseter. The family have always been great collectors of art, which are on display today, including paintings of Norwegian masters as well as works from the great Norwegian woodcarvers of the eighteenth century. One of the characteristics of Elveseter is the use of names and symbology from the ancient Norse Mythology. Names such as Midgard, Utgard, Tor and Odin make history come alive and create a bridge to modern time. Despite its historical, rustic wooden buildings Elveseter Hotel has been carefully modernised to provide travellers with the level of comfort and service they expect of a 3 star hotel and a level of cuisine famous in the region.

Thon Hotel Moldefjord (3*) – Molde

Conveniently located in the town centre, close to the high street shopping area ’Storgata’ and adjacent to the Storkaia quay with stunning views of the Molde Panorama of 222 snow-capped peaks. 5 mins walk to the Romsdal (folk) Museum Park and Exhibition Centre.  All bedrooms are brightly furnished and with shower/WC, hairdryer, telephone, minibar, TV and tea/coffee maker. Free WiFi. 24-hr Reception. Lavish buffet breakfast taken at the Egon Restaurant which also offers lunch, dinner and light dishes as well as an outdoor seating area. Complimentary coffee available in the hotel’s Lobby lounge. Fitness Centre. Airport shuttle.

Scandic Ålesund Hotel (4*) – Ålesund

Scandic Alesund Hotel in Norway

Centrally located hotel in one of Norway’s most beautiful towns, famous for its distinctive Art Nouveau architecture (following rebuilding of the town after a catastrophic fire in 1904). Just a short walk to the Art Nouveau Centre, the KUBE Art Museum, Åesund Museum and the Fishery Museum. The hotel’s ‘Molja Restaurant’ has excellent sea views with cuisine reflecting both its maritime connections and international classics (open Mon – Fri). Comfortable lobby bar. Organic breakfast buffet. All bedrooms in light contemporary style with bath or shower & WC, hairdryer, TV and free Wi-Fi. Sauna, Gym. 24 hr Scandic Shop.

Hotel Loenfjord (3*) – Loen

Loenfjord Hotel Norway

Hotel Loenfjord is built in traditional style with a large terrace cafe overlooking the river. This location enables you to be close to magnificent mountain scenery. There is a lounge, bar, and a spacious dining room for you to enjoy and the option of dancing to live music six nights each week is also available! All rooms have telephone, TV and WiFi. Guests are able to use the facilities of the Hotel Alexandra for a small charge.

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz (4*) – Bergen

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz

Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz has an enviable location directly in Bryggen, Bergen’s Hanseatic harbour. Set behind the main wharf buildings that line the harbour’s facade, the hotel has the benefit of being centrally located and yet is quiet.  The hotel offers a variety of room types with standard and superior rooms being the ones primarily featured in Scandinavia Only’s holidays. Both room categories have very comfortable beds with both doubles and twins being available. All rooms are en-suite, many with a bathtub, and a seating area, desk, LED TV, free WiFi, hairdryer, refrigerator, mini-bar, bathrobe and slippers, safe, ironing board and iron, and kettle. Superior rooms are slightly larger and have a better view.

The hotel include a full Scandinavian buffet breakfast and a complimentary evening buffet meal for all hotel guests from Monday to Thursday. In addition there is an a la carte restaurant and bar/lounge in the hotel.

There is a multi-storey car park directly across the road from the hotel (payable locally) making it a very convenient hotel for those with a hire car. The hotel is steps away from Fløibanen, the funicular railway to the summit of Mount Fløyen, the harbour, fish market and numerous restaurants, bars and cafes.

The hotel has a lift to all floors and has wheelchair accessible rooms and allergy-friendly rooms.

 

Activities for Norway’s Greatest Driving Routes

This holiday isn’t just about driving, it’s also about doing…or not doing – the choice is yours! We just want you to know what is possible to enhance your stay.

Go glacier hiking!
This holiday offers you a really great opportunity to go glacier walking/hiking and/or climbing. This is during your stay in Norheimsund by taking the ferry across the fjord to Jondal and the Folgefonni Glacier.

Go whitewater rafting!
The popular lakeside resort of Voss offers the opportunity to go rafting on the Stranda or Raundal rivers. This is a fabulous activity and guaranteed to set the adrenaline rushing! Voss Active offer a selection of rafting trips including other activities.

Experience the Flåm Mountain Railway
En route from Norheimsund to Balestrand you have the opportunity (with an early departure from Norheimsund) to take a side trip to the village of Flåm which overlooks the Aurlandsfjord. Flåm has a rather famous mountain railway and a return trip will take approximately 2 hours with fantastic views as it climbs and turns up the mountain to Myrdal. Be warned though – during high season Flåm is a popular cruise and excursion destination and crowds are not uncommon.

Walk behind a waterfall
Take a walk behind Steinsdalfoss at Norheimsund, one of Norway’s most popular waterfalls, and feel the rush without getting wet!

Climb the mountain for a view the town
Climb the 418 steps from Ålesund centre to the viewing point at the top of Mount Aksla for a panoramic view of the town, the archipelago and the Sunnmøre Alps. Then reward yourself with waffles at the Fjellstua…

Take the Skylift in Loen for a spectacular view of Nordfjord
A cable car will lift you from the fjord to 1011 m. Here you can enjoy the views of the fjord landscape – from the restaurant table, or while exploring in the mountains. Walk down or return to fjord level by cable car. For more information visit www.loenskylift.com.

Absorb the atmosphere!
Stop off at the viewing point during your climb of Sognfjell (between Balestrand and Lom). Whilst surrounded by all those mountains, take a deep breath, stretch your arms in the air and ask someone to take your photo! Photos of the mountains alone will NEVER do it justice so it’s how it made you feel that you will enjoy remembering 😉

Treat yourself to cake and hot chocolate
Indulge yourself with a delicious cake from Bakeriet i Lom, Morten Shakenda’s lovely bakery, made famous by those Hairy Bikers!! There are lots to choose from and the cafe has a glorious view of the river rapids.

Atlantic Road walkway
During your journey along the Atlantic Road stop off on Eldhusøya island and enjoy the ocean scenery from a latticework walkway, suspended just above the terrain and accompanied by information boards, a service centre and café.

People watch in Sogndal
Stop off for a walk around the Sognefjord’s main town, Sogndal. This is where the locals need to come to do their ‘big shop’ and it is also the main administration centre for the Sogn og Fjordane region.

To book this holiday either telephone us on 01274 875199 (this is our preferred option as it gives us the opportunity to chat with you!) or email your booking request to office@taberhols.co.uk

It is suitable for everyone but most especially for those who like driving and the freedom that a car provides to explore side trips along the way. Young children may become a little bored as amazing scenery is not such a priority at this age, however older teenagers will enjoy the excitement of the hairpin bends and the availability of outdoor activities at each destination.

Norway is a huge country with a tiny population so it stands to reason that the roads are not the most crowded you will ever drive on! Like all countries around the world you will find the cities the busiest and more challenging to negotiate, but even in Ålesund and Bergen (the two busiest destinations you will be driving around) you will find you have time to think about where you are driving.

This holiday does have some magnificent roads, several with hairpin bends, though it's usually the passenger who does the gasping at this point and not the driver! There are no routes on this holiday that a 50 seater coach or lorry is not allowed to drive on so this may make you feel a little better about being in a much smaller vehicle.

Norwegians are very courteous drivers overall, though they do have a habit of putting their foot down when racing to catch the next ferry. Just take your time though and let them pass you - you'll no doubt meet them again, one place forward, in the queue at the ferry quay.

Not an upper one, no. With our car hire company you can be 99 years of age; as long as you still have a valid driving license at home then you are OK to drive in Norway. There is, however, a lower age limit for driving a hire car in Norway and this is 25 years old at prices quoted for our holidays, though you can drive from 19 years of age for a supplement. This is all to do with insurance and not that we don't like people under 25 years old!

Exactly the same sort of clothing you would take for a similar type of holiday in the UK, i.e. be prepared for any type of weather! For those of you who intend to go hiking whilst in resorts (and these are some of the FINEST hiking destinations you will ever visit) then you will need your hiking gear; good boots, outdoor clothing, back-pack and, if going off the beaten track, knowledge of navigation. Always let your accommodation know if you are going 'off-roading' so they know to look out for you later in the day...

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