Journey beginning at Oslo, Norway and ending at Bergen, Norway
Available: 2018-05-15 to 2018-09-30 starting from $1795 AUD
Available: 2019-05-15 to 2019-09-30 starting from $1945 AUD
Get the feel of Norway away from the city life and explore it’s quieter farm and mountain side. Beginning in Oslo, this independent tour explores the roads to Bergen with some spectacular views of the Norwegian fjords along the way.
This 6-day self-drive exploration will give you the best of Norwegian fjords and valleys. Beautiful accommodation along the way offers locally sourced food and don’t forget to stop in the famous bakery in Lom.
Day 1 – Drive Oslo to Lillehammer – forests, valleys & huge views
Pick up your car from Oslo in the morning, and drive to the Lillehammer area (2-3h) in Oppland. Lillehammer are famous for hosting the Olympic games in 1994, and is still a popular area for skiers.
Just outside Lillehammer you can take the cable car to go for a hike and look out over the Gudbrandsdal valley. For the more adventurous person, rent a bike to try the downhill trails or visit one of the popular amusement parks in the area.
A stroll through Lillehammer town is also recommended. Visit Maihaugen Europe’s biggest open air museum just a short walk from the town center.
Day 2 – Drive from Lillehammer area to Lom area – raging rivers, boutique dining & National Parks
Continue the drive to Jotunheimen (2-3h) you can stop by in the Sjoa valley for a blast down the driver in a rafting boat or join in on a canyoning trip. Visit the charming town of Ringebu and stop by Rudi Gard farm which offers concerts, shows, exhibitions and a cafe. It is a working farm situated in a well-preserved cultural landscape featuring a number of heritage sites.
Food is a real highlight on this self-drive so be sure to plan ahead as to where you want to eat. One place to visit for sure is Brimi Bue, a popular Lom hot-spot for fresh local produce and traditional Nordic flavours owned by renowned chef Arne Brimi.
Days 3 – 4 – Drive to Lusterfjord area – waterfalls, fjords & glaciers
The drive will take you to Lusterfjord area through scenic routes and stunning fjords along the road. Enjoy the nice mountain views, snow and fjords along todays drive. You will drive by Stryn with possibilities of trying summer skiing (this is also the home town of the clothing brand, Moods of Norway), and a stop in Fjærland to view the Fjærlandfjord is recommended. This area is packed with activity options for all levels: glacier walks, hiking, go out on the fjord or just view the amazing scenery.
You will spend two nights in this area.
Day 5 – Voss area – charming villages, ‘Norway in a Nutshell”s Flåm train journey, locally sourced dining & cozy stay
Leave the fjords behind and spend the day in the charming Voss. Break up the journey stopping by in Flåm for a tour on a cruise boat getting close to the fjords, or take the worlds most spectacular train journey looking at stunning waterfalls, return to Flåm (3h).
Explore this small town and try the local tastes, traditional style lamb meat ("smalahove" and "pinnakjøt"), sour cream porridge, and cured and seasoned meat, amongst other local and Norwegian specialties. Smalahove translates into "sheep head".
Day 6 – Drive to Bergen – fish markets & harbour views
Spend the day in Voss viewing the beautiful country from the horseback (optional). Continue the drive to the coastal city Bergen (1h45m) that will offer you the ideal combination of nature, culture and exhilarating city life. Bergen is a great place to continue with a coastal fjord journey.
- Road tolls
- Ferry crossings
- Items of personal nature
- GPS – Global Navigation System
- Accommodation in Oslo and Bergen – this can be added as desired.
Please note: We have not included evening dinners (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.
To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!