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10 days - Escorted tour between Bergen and Trondheim, travelling along the coast of Norway and then through the fjords

Join our new escorted tour visiting the Western Fjords of Norway, starting from Bergen, going via Ålesund, Åndalsnes and ending in Trondheim. Discover Western Norway's deep, sea-drowned valleys covered by steep, rugged terrain scoured and gouged by glaciers. It is a landscape that is utterly unique and profoundly beautiful.

Although overshadowed by the sublime fjords, the coastline is none the less extraordinary. Follow along this coastline from Bergen to Kalvåg on an express ferry with the locals. These ferries make navigating the insane geography possible, but are also an enjoyable part of your journey as they offer staggering, otherwise inaccessible, panoramas. Meet your premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach as you come off the local ferry and enjoy three days of travel through a very remote and enchanting area of Norway. Stop along the way for glacier hiking, waterfalls and cultural visits, such as small, local folk museums and the new Viking Museum.

After a stay in Ålesund, head north as your driver navigates two of the most famous Norwegian Scenic Routes. Be amazed by Norway’s most visited tourist road, Trollstigen Road with its eleven magnificent hairpin turns and the Atlantic Highway, famous for its twisting bridges over the coast.

Highlights include

  • Walk to waterfalls, above the fjords, and to the glaciers
  • Drive along the Hjørundfjord - drop dead beautiful!
  • Stay in waterfront historic hotels and fjord hotels with views
  • Make new friends as you travel on the premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach with a jovial local driver and escort
  • Cruise along the Norwegian coast on an express boat
  • Be amazed by Norway’s most visited tourist road, Trollstigen Road with its eleven magnificent hairpin turns and the Atlantic Highway, famous for its twisting bridges over the coast
Day 1
Arrival day into Bergen with a special group dinner to welcome you to our home country
Day 2
Guided sightseeing tour of Bergen before boarding ferry along the Norwegian coast
Day 3
Visit the Sagastad Viking Exhibition, Nordfjord Folk Museum before arriving in Loen mid afternoon
Day 4
Day trip with your driver to explore waterfalls and glaciers, followed by a ride up the Loen Sky Lift
Day 5
Loen to Ålesund via Hjørundfjord with a local ferry across the fjords and lunch
Day 6
Guided city walk of Ålesund and free afternoon
Day 7
Travel to Åndalsnes with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road
Day 8
Day around Åndalsnes and cultural hike
Day 9
Travel to Trondheim via the Atlantic Road
Day 10
Depart Trondheim
Start Place
Bergen, Norway tours
End Place
Trondheim, Norway tours
Country Visited
Norway tours
Duration
10 Days
Group Size
1 - 16
Type
Escorted Tour
Carbon Footprint
165Kg of CO₂e Average carbon footprint per person?
Code
50DN1200

Details

Transportation

All transportation (buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Kalvåg (remote Norwegian coastal town), Ålesund and Trondheim by premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops.

Included
  • 9 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double rooms with private facilities, superior rooms in Loen with fjord views.
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 dinners including 2 x 3 course dinners at Hotel Aak, 1 packed lunch and a 2 course local lunch
  • All transport between destinations by buses, trains, mini-coach and boats, including a ferry between Bergen to Kalvåg
  • Loen Skylift
  • Guided tour and entrance fee to Nordfjord Folk Museum
  • Guided city tour of Ålesund
  • Guided city tour of Bergen
  • Guided cultural hike with picnic lunch
  • Experienced tour escort
  • 24-hour support service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival day into Bergen with a special group dinner to welcome you to our home country

Arrive and self transfer to your hotel.

Before meeting your group, discover some of Bergen's many attractions and sights, many of them within walking distance. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour Bryggen, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

Meet your escort and group this evening for a welcome dinner.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel Admiral

Day 2 - Guided sightseeing tour of Bergen before boarding ferry along the Norwegian coast

Enjoy a morning guided sightseeing around Bergen before you head to the ferry port for the 4:30pm ferry to Kalvåg. With a small cafe on board, you can relax while you take in the stunning Norwegian coastline. The ferry stops along the way to drop off and pick up locals before arriving at Kalvåg at 8.20pm. You will get a short transfer up to the hotel and check in.

Kalvåg has one of the best preserved fishing village milieus in Vestlandet. The little houses stand closely together around the small bay to create a charming setting.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Knutholmen, Kalvåg

Day 3 - Visit the Sagastad Viking Exhibition, Nordfjord Folk Museum before arriving in Loen mid afternoon

This morning, meet our minivan and driver around 10am - be sure to enjoy the port before he arrives. Follow along the magnificent Nordfjord today. Along the way to Loen, you will first stop at the Sagastad Viking Exhibition (optional entry), followed by a stop at the Nordfjord Folk Museum with entrance and a guide included. Explore the old historic buildings of Nordfjordeid with a collection of 44 old houses of historical interest. Many of the houses are furnished and show different periods of time, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. There is also a cultural-history collection in the main building.

Arrive at Loen in the middle of the afternoon and check in at Hotel Alexandra. Loen has a lovely little wooden church to visit late in the afternoon, or you can relax by the pool and day spa. This evening, dinner at the hotel is included.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Alexandra - superior rooms with fjords views

Day 4 - Day trip with your driver to explore waterfalls and glaciers, followed by a ride up the Loen Sky Lift

After breakfast, meet your driver and head out to walk up the Kjenndalen valley to the Kjenndalen Glacier, Jostedal Glacier's lowest glacier arm. Afterwards, at the end of Lovatn Lake, you'll find Kjenndalsstova, a cafe which is open from May to September and you can stop for lunch here.

Next is a visit to the Loen Sky Lift, a cable car that climbs 1,011 metres to the top of Mount Hoven, above the Nordfjord. There is a cafe at the top with a spectacular viewing platform at the roof. You can have a walk around the top and marvel at the view.

Return to the hotel for dinner.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Alexandra - superior rooms with fjords views

Day 5 - Loen to Ålesund via Hjørundfjord with a local ferry across the fjords and lunch

Today you will travel from Loen via Hjørundfjord to Ålesund - your final leg of the journey by mini-coach. First stop today is the small town of Stryn. The driver stops along the way on request as you spend the day travelling through this beautiful section of road. Highlights include Horndøla Bru (Bridge), built between 1810 and 1813 and Norangsdalen, one of the narrowest valleys in Norway. This route follows the 'Queens' Route', rich in both spectacular sceneries as well as cultural memories.

Pass by Hellesyltfossen, one of the most well-known waterfalls of the Sunnfjord region, an area which encompasses dozens upon dozens of waterfalls. This lake was formed when an avalanche dammed up the river more than 100 years ago. Drive along the Hjørundfjord and catch the ferry across from Leknes to Sæbø before enjoying a 2 course lunch at Sagafjord Hotel.

Then it is time to make your way to Ålesund, a drive past lakes, Norwegian farms and ocean view.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
Accommodation
Hotel Brosundet

Day 6 - Guided city walk of Ålesund and free afternoon

Enjoy a 3 hours morning city walk of the picturesque city center of Ålesund.

In the afternoon, at your leisure, you have the day to explore more of the city. Ålesund is known for its art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904. Optional activities are available such as kayaking trips around the historic waterfront buildings, wildlife sea safari or climbing Mt. Aksla for lunch (418 steps).

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel Brosundet

Day 7 - Travel to Åndalsnes with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road

After breakfast, be sure to have your cameras charged as you travel to Åndalsnes, with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road. Trollstigen is Norway’s most visited tourist road, and this masterpiece in engineering in the midst of majestic natural landscapes is a true joy ride (particularly when you are in the safe hands of our Norwegian driver).

The eleven magnificent hairpin turns along Trollstigen offer fantastic scenery along the mountain road. Each bend has its own name, often named after the person who supervised the construction work on that particular section. At some locations, you will discover that the road is carved into the mountain itself, and in other places it is built in stone instead.

Historically, Trollstigen used to be an important transport passage between the villages Valldal in Indre Sunnmøre and Åndalsnes in Romsdalen. When the road opened in 1939, it wasn’t long before Trollstigen became a tourist attraction.

The Trollstigen is surrounded by mighty mountains that reach an altitude of over 1600 meters. To the west of the road lie the mountains of Bispen (1450m), Kongen (1614m) and Dronninga (1701m), and to the east of the road lie the Stigbottshornet (1583m) and the Storgrovfjellet (1629m).

Your minivan will stop along the way today for photos, rest stops and a stop at the Strawberry Cafe to sample the famous strawberry cakes on offer. You will also stop at the thundering ravine, Gudbrandsjuvet, near the Juvet Hotel. Gudbrandsjuvet is a 5 metre narrow and 20–25 metre high ravine through which the Valldøla River forces itself. The waters have formed a complex of deep potholes and intricate formations. The depth down from the surface of the water is about equal to the depth of ravine down to the river.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Aak

Day 8 - Day around Åndalsnes and cultural hike

Today we have included an easy cultural hike to explore the region of Åndalsnes. Get to know the old history, culture and wildlife of the Rauma River. Join a local guide for a 2-hour hike on easy trails along the Rauma River. You will get the feel of the wilderness among the waterfalls, high mountains and boulders in the forest. Depending on your fitness level, alternative hikes can be included, such as the Romsdalseggen ridge hike. For those on a more relaxed timetable, how about visiting Tuen, the world’s northernmost vineyard and the only one of its kind in Norway. The wine is developed by using the finest hand reaped berries, flowers and even tree sap, all harvested from the garden or from the wild nature in Romsdalen. You can visit up to 11 different cellars..

There is also an option to include a walk to Rampestreken - the breathtaking lookout over the valley. This takes 3 hours return and can be organised as an extra outing or as a part of your hiking adventure. You can also decide to miss the walk and take the new Romsdals Gondola.

This evening, sit back and admire the view during your three course dinner.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Aak

Day 9 - Travel to Trondheim via the Atlantic Road

After breakfast, spend your final day with your driver, travelling to Trondheim via the Atlantic Road. After leaving your hotel, the first stop is visiting the tiny Rødven Stave Church beside the fjord. The history of this church dates back to the 13th century, and a crucifix from that period is among the oldest furnishings. A new chancel and sacristy was built in the 17th century, and restored to its present look early in the 18th century.

Next along the route, stop to visit the Romsdal Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive folk museums in Norway (optional entry) before heading out to the Atlantic Road. The Atlantic Road takes you from lush coastal landscapes and heaths to bare rocks along the exposed Hustadvika, where you can see the sun sink into the horizon. This National Tourist Route has been called the world’s most beautiful drive and has been voted the “Norwegian construction of the century”.

On arrival into Kristiansund, catch the late afternoon express boat (3 hours) to Trondheim. Enjoy your final night in Norway and bid farewell to your escort and fellow travellers.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Clarion Collection Grand Olav or similar

Day 10 - Depart Trondheim

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, double share.

Dates
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Valid To
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Status
Accommodation
8 Jun 2024
17 Jun 2024
8 Jun 2024
17 Jun 2024
NZD 7,308
Available
Standard
8 Jun 2024
17 Jun 2024
8 Jun 2024
17 Jun 2024
NZD 1,420
Available
Extra for Single
29 Jun 2024
8 Jul 2024
29 Jun 2024
8 Jul 2024
NZD 7,308
Available
Standard
29 Jun 2024
8 Jul 2024
29 Jun 2024
8 Jul 2024
NZD 1,420
Available
Extra for Single
20 Jul 2024
29 Jul 2024
20 Jul 2024
29 Jul 2024
NZD 7,308
Available
Standard
20 Jul 2024
29 Jul 2024
20 Jul 2024
29 Jul 2024
NZD 1,420
Available
Extra for Single
17 Aug 2024
26 Aug 2024
17 Aug 2024
26 Aug 2024
NZD 7,308
Available
Standard
17 Aug 2024
26 Aug 2024
17 Aug 2024
26 Aug 2024
NZD 1,392
Available
Extra for Single
7 Sep 2024
16 Sep 2024
7 Sep 2024
16 Sep 2024
NZD 7,308
Available
Standard
7 Sep 2024
16 Sep 2024
7 Sep 2024
16 Sep 2024
NZD 1,420
Available
Extra for Single

Important Information

Minimum age for this escorted tour is 12 years old.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL:

As a Nordic specialist we are keen to show travellers the hidden gems of the countries we visit, and as an anti-dote to over-tourism to reduce the environmental pressures on the traditional and busy routes that most travel companies will take. This itinerary has been designed to do just that.

Our premium mini-coach tours are one way in which we are looking at how we can reduce carbon emissions over all styles of travel that we offer, not just on our group tours which by their nature have shared transport, but also on our private options. This tour is a private tour however the transport 'mini-coach' between destinations is shared (with more of our clients doing the same tour, max 12 pax), therefore reducing the overall carbon footprint for each traveller.

Throughout your stay we have hand-selected accommodations which are locally owned, have deep roots in their communities, and pride themselves on supporting local facilities and producers. This is done through shopping locally, and buying sustainably sourced options, so in the words of one of the chefs in the accommodation you will be staying in 'you should taste what’s here in the surroundings, from lakes, mountains and farms'

On this itinerary we also support Nordic Choice Hotels, a collection of hotels renowned for their environmental efforts. The hotels are ISO 14001 certified, have launched plastic free initiatives in partnership with WWF, where possible are powered by renewable energy and are taking great strides to reduce water consumption and reduce the use of chemicals. Even though access to water is not an issue in Norway compared to other parts of the world, this hotel group is conscious of the energy consumed for heating, and chemicals required for purification, so reduction makes up part of their overall environmental policy. In addition to this they provide sustainable, organic, fair-trade food, and only use sustainably produced palm oil.

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