50 Degrees North minivan tours through Norway
Our 50DN minivan tours represent a new style of travel: 2-12 independent travellers traverse exceptionally beautiful, yet hard-to-reach areas of Norway, thus experiencing something unique and authentic while contributing to more modest local economies. With four different tours available for 2021 (and more in the works), the choice is yours!
The 50DN minivan tours represent a new style of travel: 2-12 independent travellers traverse exceptionally beautiful, yet hard-to-reach areas of Norway, with some days spent independently and others together, in the comfort and safety of a shared 50 Degrees North minivan with an experienced driver. This is very a comfortable and flexible way to travel, allowing for unexpected photo stops and food breaks, not to mention allowing you to journey into parts of Norway that are not easy to reach without your own car.
These "minivan tours" are not group tours as such, but for a few days during each of these itineraries, you will share the same minivan with other travellers (private, only for 50 Degrees North clients). You can make friends, enjoy the company of our knowledgeable Norwegian driver, and experience some of the country's finest boutique hotels and natural wonders. These tours represent the best of both worlds: They are independent small group tours, but really more like a private driver-guide experiences you share with other travellers. All the minor details are taken care of, allowing you the freedom to get on and enjoy the holiday.
The tours have also been motivated by our sense of social responsibility: Introducing travellers to areas, hotels, and service providers outside of the more traditional and extremely busy routes not only tackles the problem of overtourism, but also distributes wealth to more modest local economies. And the scenery is equally - if not more - stunning and the experience all the more authentic for it!
Beautiful Norway is an 8-day tour from Oslo to Bergen (departures on Saturdays). In the beginning, the itinerary follows the Norway in a Nutshell route, but then breaks away to journey through the Jotunheimen National Park, a largely undisturbed mountain area in the east, past Norway's highest peak, Galdhøpiggen. The journey then continues along the magnificent mountain pass routes of Sognefjellsveien and Aurlandsfjellet. These are spectacular areas away from the summer crowds, combining high mountains and rugged terrain with the inner reaches of the captivating Sognefjord.
Here is some lovely feedback and photos from Beautiful Norway.
Western Fjords of Norway is an 8-day tour from Bergen to Ålesund. In between, travellers get to join the locals on a ferry ride from Bergen to Måløy, followed by a 3-day minivan journey through the breathtaking and unique Western fjords with Loen as the main base from where to explore nearby glaciers, waterfalls, as well as local history, food, and culture. The last leg of the journey follows the Hjørundfjord, a stunning fjord surrounded by lush forests and small, scenic villages. Although largely unknown to international visitors, the Western fjords are a rare gem: The landscape is very unique, unspoilt and exceptionally beautiful even by Norwegian standards! Departures each week on Fridays, in connection with Beautiful Norway.
Western Fjords Hike is a 9-day tour from Bergen to Ålesund. It is a more active alternative to the Western Fjords of Norway above, but departs one day prior, so every Thursday.
Scenic Norway is a 7-day tour from Ålesund to Kristiansund / Trondheim. The tour explores the Northwestern fjord region - another stunning part of Norway that many tourists do not get to see, because it usually requires a private car or joining a big coach tour. However, with 50DN, travellers can relax and enjoy the incredible scenery as the minivan driver navigates two of the most famous Norwegian Scenic Routes: The Trollstigen Road with its eleven magnificent hairpin turns on a steep mountainside and the Atlantic Highway, famous for its twisting bridges over the coastline. Enjoy hiking alongside dramatic mountains, vast valleys, deep fjords, and historical Norwegian farmland while staying in beautiful boutique hotels with fjord and mountain views. Departures weekly on Thursdays, in connection with the Western Fjords itinerary.
In addition to our summer tours to Norway, we also have the Lapland Circle, an 11-day winter tour above the Arctic Circle, beginning in Finland and ending in Sweden, with a few days and nights spent in Norway. Experience an overnight stay at the ICEHOTEL, night visit to the Aurora Sky Station, countless winter activities from dogsledding to ice sculpting, and private 50 Degrees North minibus journeys from Kittilä to Tromsø and Harstad to Björkliden. Departures weekly from January to mid-March with fixed departures from Kittila every Monday.
Credit: Asaf Kliger, ICEHOTEL, Hotel Aak and Visit Norway.