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4th October 2017
A UNESCO listing recognises a place for its natural or cultural significance with a long term aim to protect and preserve its special heritage.
The Viking Age, between 800 and 1066, continues to be the period in history most associated with Norway, raiding every seaboard from the Shetlands to Sicily, even venturing as far as Greenland and Newfoundland. However, despite periods of repression under the Danes and the Swedes, Norwegian history and culture holds much interest; this is, after all, the country with a tiny population that produced painters, writers and musicians such as Munch, Ibsen and Grieg, and the explorers Amundsen and Nansen.
In keeping with our featured historical destinations we have also selected historical hotels, full of character and famed not only for their place in history but also their standard of food and service. Needless to say, the journeys between resorts take in much of southern Norway’s most breathtaking scenery and historical sites.
Arrive in Oslo. Airport bus transfer to city centre.
1 night OSLO - Hotel Bristol***plus (B)
After collecting your hire car, head northwards alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, to Hamar. Continue into the broad farmland regions of Hedmark before bearing north through the rounded hills of Østerdalen, eventually reaching Røros. 246 miles.
2 nights RØROS - Vertshuset Røros***plus (B)
Continue northwards following narrow canyons and fast flowing rivers. The countryside eventually broadens out in the Gauldal Valley into open farmland. You will travel all the way from southern Norway to the Arctic, eventually reaching Trondheim. 97 miles.
1 night TRONDHEIM - Scandic Nidelven**** (B)
Along the Gaulosen Bay and Orkdal fjord and up the wide valleys of Orkdal and Surnadal. By ferry across the Halsafjord and again across the Romsdalsfjord, with fine views of the Molde Panorama, to the lovely fishing port of Ålesund. 186 miles.
2 nights ÅLESUND - Brosundet Hotel**** (B)
Along the beautiful northern shore of the Storfjord and Norddalsfjord to Linge for the ferry across the fjord. Cross the mountain descending by the spectacular Eagle Road towards Geiranger. Explore Geiranger and the summit of Mount Dalsnibba for magnificent views of the fjord and mountains. Across the plateau to Lom then making the wonderful descent on the Sognefjell road, with views of the Jotunheimen Mountains, to Solvorn overlooking the Lustrafjord. 204 miles.
2 nights SOLVORN - Walaker Hotel***plus (B,D)
Along the Lustrafjord to Kaupanger for the spectacular journey by car ferry along the Sognefjord travelling into Nærøyfjord (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to Gudvangen. Climb Stalheim Gorge for spectacular views of the fjord and continue to Voss with its popular lakeside location. The journey now takes you past Skjervet Falls for your free car wash and descends to the Hardangerfjord. You cross the fjord by the new Hardangerbridge to Brimnes (toll NOK121) and continue alongside the Sørfjord to Lofthus, with a magnificent backdrop of fruit orchards and mountains. 126 miles.
2 nights LOFTHUS - Ullensvang Hotel****plus (HB)
Alongside the Hardangerfjord to Odda, crossing the fjord by ferry and then continuing over the Kvam Mountains to Bergen. 81 miles.
1 night BERGEN - Augustin Hotel*** (B)
Drive to Bergen Airport and leave your hire car at the airport before your return flights to the UK.
Departure Day: By air daily from London Heathrow Airport.
Departure Dates: 1 Jun - 30 Sep
Duration: 11 nights
Price: Call 01274 875199 for more information
(Alternative departure airports available)
Ullensvang Hotel **** plus
This hotel is most certainly a Taber favourite! Owned and managed by the Utne Family since 1846, it is one of the finest hotels in Norway and has a wonderful location, directly overlooking Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord. The hotel has plenty of areas to sit and relax with a cup of coffee, a hot chocolate or a glass of wine. Those who like a little tipple will no doubt enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks in one of the bars, followed by dancing to live music. There is a beautiful dining room overlooking the fjord and and their famous dinner buffet table has something for everyone. In addition to all of this their indoor activity centre includes a swimming pool, golf simulator, squash and tennis courts, pool, table tennis and a fitness room. Their relax department has saunas, hot tub, massage chairs and a solarium with a variety of Spa treatments available on request (please ask for further details). There is also a large fjordside veranda/garden from where it's possible to rent rowing boats, pedalos and bicycles. And the piece de la resistance must surely be their wonderful outdoor swimming lane, at 88 metres long it is Europe's longest outdoor swimming channel, culminating in an outdoor infinity pool. Lovely for when you've kicked off those hiking boots!
The view from the hotel's gardens was a great source of inspiration to the composer Edvard Grieg, and his little wooden hut, in which he composed some of his greatest works, still sits in the hotel's garden. As a homage to this view we wanted all our clients to be able to fully appreciate it from first thing in the morning until last thing in the evening. For this reason all Taber’s clients receive rooms with a guaranteed fjord view.
Hotel Bristol ****
Hotel Bristol is a very traditional, historical hotel. As soon as you enter the main lobby area you experience the unique style that characterizes the hotel and an air of elegance which has been maintained since the hotel welcomed their first guests in 1920. Perfectly located just off Karl Johan’s Gate, the citys main street, with the Royal Palace at one end and Storting (Parliament) at the other. The hotel has 251 rooms (10 of which are suites) all equipped with TV, mini-bar, hairdryer, trouser press and telephone. The hotel has a spa and gym, bar, conference centre, garage, room service and wireless internet access. The hotel also has two restaurants; Bristol Grill, focusing on international and Norwegian dishes using local produce and Hambro’s Cafe, a popular Italian bistro.
Brosundet Gjestehus, Ålesund ****
One of Ã…lesund's original wharf buildings overlooking the Brosundet canal. Rooms are an interesting mix between contemporary and modern with an old Jugend style this city is so famous for. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast which overlooks the canal and provides the perfect fuel for any day of exploration! All rooms have shower and WC, TV, telephone, fridge, tea/coffee maker and are accessible by lift.
Augustin Hotel, Bergen ***
The Augustin Hotel has an extremely handy location, centrally located but in a quieter street just set back from the main harbour area. It is a short walk to most of the city's main attractions including Bryggen (the old Hanseatic harbour), the main shopping streets, the Aquarium, the express boat terminal and the funicular railway. It is actually Bergen's oldest family-run hotel now managed by the fourth generation of the Smørås family; the oldest part of the hotel was built in Art Nouveau style in 1909, however, since then the hotel has expanded, incorporating old neighbouring houses and building new wings. The hotel has a popular intimate dinner restaurant (closed Sundays) where their excellent buffet breakfast is also served, and a lovely 400-year-old cellar bar, Altona. During the summer months (June - August) you will find free waffles served between 1600 and 1800 in the lounge area next to Reception. Free tea and coffee is also available here all year round, 24 hours per day. All bedrooms are equipped with TV, phone, hair-dryer, mini-bar and trouser press. Lift to all floors.
If you are on a fly-drive holiday with Scandinavia Only, and spending a night in Bergen with your car, we will pre-book and include car parking as part of your stay. The car park is just across the road from the hotel and is outdoor.
This award-winning centrally located hotel offers superb service, high-quality rooms and a diverse range of facilities. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower or bathtub and are furnished with an armchair and table as welll as all modern facilities to make your stay comfortable and memorable.
The Restaurant Nidelven has been awarded Norway’s best hotel breakfast over the last several years. If you've ever experienced a Norwegian breakfast you know what a accolade this really is - the competition is extremely high! The restaurant offers a modern menu inspired by the international trends within culinary arts, and we recommend soaking up the atmosphere in the hotel's bar afterwards...
Norway's UNESCO World Heritage
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