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    6 days - Drive the Atlantic Rd via Loen Skylift and Trollstigen with the Norwegian Coast and Fjords

    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
    Day 2
    Explore Sognefjord, visit Urnes Stave church and the glacier, Nigardsbreen
    Day 3
    Head to the Stryn area - trout fishing, glaciers & summer skiing.
    Day 4
    Geiranger fjord - Amazing waterfalls, deserted mountain farms & fjord cruises
    Day 5
    Drive the curves of the Atlantic Road - coastal paths, fishing & sea views
    Day 6
    Trondheim - cathedrals, food stalls & architecture
    Start Place
    Bergen, Norway
    End Place
    Trondheim, Norway
    Country Visited
    Norway
    Duration
    6 Days
    Suitability
    Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families
    Code
    BTF002

    Details

    Transportation

    By car - self drive.

    Included
    • 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.
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    • Driving guide if required and pre-departure information
    • Other meals where specified
    Not Included
    • Flights
    • Road tolls
    • Ferry crossings
    • 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.

    Itinerary

    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.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Walaker Hotel

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Walaker Hotel

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hjelle Hotel, Romantic Room

    Day 4 - Geiranger fjord - Amazing waterfalls, deserted mountain farms & fjord cruises

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Local hotel along the Atlantic road

    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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Price per person. For last minute bookings: prices are subject to availability.

    Dates
    Valid From
    Valid To
    Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 May 2018
    31 Aug 2018
    1 May 2018
    31 Aug 2018
    EUR 1,498
    Available
    Standard
    1 May 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    1 May 2019
    30 Sep 2019
    EUR 1,619
    Available
    Standard

    Important Information

    We have spent time selecting countryside and fjord side accommodation situated in key locations allowing you the opportunity to explore attractions and scenic highlights in the regions on day tours. Then come back to the farm or traditional lodging in the afternoon enjoying a good traditional home cooked meal.

    Our Nordic self-drive holidays are designed as short itineraries in each of the countries Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden & Iceland and can be combined to create a longer more in-depth itinerary if you wish.

    Accommodation - important note

    We mix your accommodation up offering you a combination of a farm stay, country lodges, boutique hotels and kros/inns. Each of the properties we offer is unique, and lodging can range from a working farm to a comfortable country lodge/hotel.

    You can leave the choice of accommodation to us giving you a great mixture, or you can be specific about your preferred accommodation when you book. Our accommodation categories are:

    • Manor House/Historic Hotel/Castle - historic countryside manors, hotels and castles turned into stately accommodation (Norway, Sweden, Denmark & Finland)
    • Country Lodge/Hotel - lodge found in national parks, countryside and mountains (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Iceland)
    • Kro/Inn - countryside B&B/restaurant (mainly Sweden & Denmark)
    • Farm/Gård - working farms, some with farm animals (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Iceland)
    • Lighthouse - traditional lighthouses on the coast converted to accommodation (Norway, Sweden & Finland)
    • Cabin/Hytte/Rorbu (fisherman's cottage) - self catering option with kitchen/kitchenette (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland & Iceland)

    What we will never do is put you in a chain hotel in a town or city. You will always stay somewhere unique, somewhere with charm.

    Driving in Norway during the peak season (July - early August):

    Europeans love driving in Norway and, during the summer months, the more popular tourist roads becomes crowded with European vans. This can slow down travel as it can be difficult to pass these vans. Norwegian country roads are often quite narrow. Having said this, these roads are incredibly scenic and have lots of picnic & photo spots.

    If you are going to be using ferries during your drive, depending on the size of the ferry, this might involve a wait to get on. The ferries are reliable and regular but you may need to arrive early to secure a spot in the line. On some of the ferries, consider catching a ferry outside of the peak times. Your accommodation hosts will have the most up-to-date local information on hand so ask them for suggestions for your following days travel.

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