Matt Lamers

Our 'Beautiful Norway' tour - an independent and flexible touring option

In 2018, we began our range of private "minivan tours" through fjord Norway, starting with 'Beautiful Norway'. This trip, along with its younger sisters, continues to be one of our great loves.

Our Beautiful Norway tour: Unique and absolutely irresistible!

We are excited about the continued success of our 8-day Beautiful Norway tour – a journey into breathtakingly stunning fjord Norway. This trip is no ordinary ‘Norway in a Nutshell® experience, full of crowds and the expected stops. It is similar in its scope and yet, so much more. So, what is it that makes our tour so unique and irresistible?

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Escaping the crowds

A key difference in our tour is its main mode of travel: a private 50 Degrees North minibus or similar which has space for 10-12 people, but will operate even with only 1-2 travellers on board. This allows much more flexibility in the route and the manner of travel. Instead of being cramped up in a confined space from point A to B, you are travelling in comfort, you can stop for unexpected photo sessions and food breaks, and journey in a part of Norway that is not easy to reach without your own car.

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Let your bus driver do the work with this drive...

Travelling off the beaten track

Beyond greater comfort and flexibility, the Beautiful Norway minibus also takes you off the beaten track: The bus travels 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 stunning mountain pass routes of Sognefjellsveien and Aurlandsfjellet. These are spectacular areas away from summer crowds, combining high mountains and rugged terrain with the inner reaches of the captivating Sognefjord. As a cherry on top, the tour also includes a side trip to Geiranger (available late May - Sept), visiting a remarkable medieval Stave Church full of wood, dragons, and beauty.

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Contributing to more modest local economies

Our Beautiful Norway tour has also been motivated by a desire to distribute wealth more evenly by introducing travellers to areas, hotels, and service providers outside of the traditional and extremely busy ‘Norway in a Nutshell” ® route. The scenery is equally magnificent and the experience all the more authentic for it. What are you waiting for?

The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Lillehammer every Monday. The trip can also run in reverse starting from Aurland every Thursday between May 2020 to Sep 2020 and May 2021 to Sep 2021

The full details of the 8-day independent tour can be found here:Beautiful Norway

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Image credits: Seth Kane, Frantisek Duris, Matt Lamers & Philipp Lublasser.

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