Journey beginning at Bergen, Scandinavia and ending at Trondheim, Scandinavia
Available: 2018-05-01 to 2018-08-31 starting from $2418 AUD
Available: 2019-05-01 to 2019-09-30 starting from $2614 AUD
The perfect mix of countryside, mountains and fjords on some of Norway’s most spectacular scenic routes. The journey Bergen to Trondheim will take you along fjords, over mountains and beside stunning waterfalls. This 6-day drive gives you the chance to drive the winding roads of the Troll Mountain (Trollstigen) and the storm swept curves of the Atlantic Road. A quick stop in the Geiranger chocolate shop is also recommended.
Day 1 – Pick up car in Bergen and travel to Sognefjord to the oldest hotel in Norway
Pick up the rental car either from the Bergen airport or Bergen town. The 4-hour drive will take you to Sognefjord area. Along the road you will enjoy the sight of magnificent landscapes and glaciers before a car ferry trip across the fjords (2.5 hrs).
Right beside the fjord in the idyllic village of Solvorn in Luster lies Walaker Hotel. The hotel, which has been inherited from generation to generation, is a charming family hotel and an attraction in itself, located in the middle of the world`s best tourist destination, according to National Geographic. The hotel has been owned by the same family since 1690 and is the oldest family-run hotel in Norway, with more than 370 years of history.
Day 2 – Explore Sognefjord, visit Urnes Stave church and the glacier, Nigardsbreen
Today you have the option to join a glacier walk on Nigardsbreen. Go explore an icy kingdom, in all shades of blue. With a guide and equipment provided, you can experience and explore the finest glacier formations.
Afterwards, enjoy afternoon tea in the gardens with the view of the fjords or if you are interested, visit the oldest stave church in the world, Urnes Stave Church, built in 1130. It sits majestically above the little hamlet of Urnes, right across the fjord from Solvorn. You can take the little car ferry from Solvorn, just below Walaker Hotel. Urnes stave church has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1979.
Day 3 – Head to the Stryn area – trout fishing, glaciers & summer skiing.
Along the drive today, stop at the scenic view points, including the new Hoven Loen Cable car with incredible fjord views, outdoor adventures and dining option.
Tonight’s accommodation, Hjelle Hotel is a charming and romantic family hotel, run by the same family since 1896. Hjelle lies at the eastern end of Lake Oppstrynsvatnet, midway between Stryn Sommerskisenter (summer skiing)(20 km) and Stryn township (27 km). The hotel is situated in spacious grounds on the lake shoreline. This is a peaceful spot surrounded by spectacular scenery, which has retained the atmosphere of Norwegian rural districts from days gone by. Jostedal Glacier National Park Centre is just 5 km from the hotel.
Continue up towards Geiranger fjord also known as the real jewel of the Norwegian fjords with its characteristic shape, high waterfalls and deserted mountain farms. Spend the day taking in the amazing waterfalls, “The seven sisters” or jump on a fjord cruise before leaving the fjord behind for a relaxing evening in the fjord area (2 ,5h). If you like, another little scenic route you can choose is the “Gamle strynefjellvegen” on the way to Geiranger.
The climb down the Trollstigen Mountain Road is also on the day’s agenda. The dramatic and powerful nature will at times take your breath away, and the fantastic views of waterfalls and deep fjords will follow you all the way to Hotel Union Øye.
Day 5 – Drive the curves of the Atlantic Road – coastal paths, fishing & sea views
Head towards the Atlantic Road region – get ready for some magnificent driving!
Another day in spectacular nature as you drive along the Atlantic Road. The road is a visual delight with its elegant curves. A great way to experience the road is to take a short detour on some of the coastal paths.
Day 6 – Trondheim – cathedrals, food stalls & architecture
Spend the day in beautiful Trondheim before dropping off the car in either Trondheim town or at Trondheim airport. Stay some days in Trondheim or continue down to Oslo to get to know the Norwegian capital or go further north on the Hurtigruten coastal ship.
Accommodation in local farms, historic lodges, guesthouses and country lodges with private facilities
Daily breakfast (6B) and 2 dinners
Car hire 6 days; VW Golf (manual) or similar with free mileage and CDW.
Driving guide if required and pre-departure information
Other meals where specified
Items of personal nature
Hoven Loen Skylift
Accommodation in Trondheim and Bergen – this can be added as desired.
Please note: We have not included every evening dinner (half-board) in our Norwegian countryside self-drive itineraries but in some spots, the hotel you are staying at may be the only option and/or highly recommended. Norwegian countryside hotels often have well known restaurants or intimate family run dining rooms that the hosts take great pride in. Considering the price of meals in Norway we have left this flexible in case you choose to self-cater. Please ask us for our recommendations as determined by your final itinerary. You do need to book ahead for these evening meals.