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Southern Fjords - Fly Drive

Travelling by car in Norway puts you in control of your holiday. You decide the route and the time you travel. This is your holiday - you decide!

Overview

Pack your camera with extra batteries and enjoy the drive!

On this holiday we have carefully selected four National Tourist Routes, which are scenic roads for exploring Norway's breath-taking landscapes and many offer spectacular fjord views. These tourist routes have been designated by the Norwegian government as areas of outstanding natural beauty and areas which Norway wants to show off to the international community. We won't advise the most direct route - that isn't the point of this holiday!

The National Tourist Routes
The National Tourist Routes you will experience are: Hardanger, driving along the side of the Hardangerfjord and Sorfjord; Hardangervidda, northern Europe's largest mountain plateau; Aurlandsfjället , with amazing views of the fjord landscape;  Gaularfjellet, with protected waterfalls and tranquil mountain lakes.

The Fjords
The fjords on show during this tour are plentiful. Here is just a small selection: the famous Hardangerfjord; Hotel Ullensvang sits on the edge of Sorfjord; the famous Flåm railway (one of the world’s steepest); the world’s longest fjord, Sognefjord.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Bergen
Pick up your rental car
Head for the Hardanger National Tourist Route, the Hardangerfjord and Ullensvang Hotel on the edge of Sorfjorden.
The journey takes approx. 3hr45 by the scenic route!

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
Day at leisure to explore the fjords & mountains

Day 3
Breakfast at your hotel
Take the direct scenic route (2hr45) through the Voss River Valley
or the indirect scenic route across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and National Tourist Route (4hrs). You decide!
Flåm is a popular and busy fjord town during the day, but after 6pm, when the cruise ships have departed,
Flåm returns to a quiet, calm place with beautiful fjord scenery.

Day 4
Breakfast at your hotel
Enjoy the region around Flåm, the fjords and the railway

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel
A 3hr leisurely journey between Flåm and Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand.
The route along the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route takes in the Stegastein viewing platform
and the Nærøyfjord which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Day 6
Breakfast at your hotel
Enjoy the Sognefjord and surrounding mountains

Day 7
Breakfast at your hotel
The 4hr journey back the airport includes a drive beside and a ferry across the Sognefjord.
Late afternoon flight back to UK

Accommodation

Flåmsbrygga - Flåm

Located on the quayside in the picturesque fjord village of Flåm, Flåmsbrygga Hotel offers warm and welcoming accommodation in the heart of Fjord Norway. The hotel rooms are decorated with wooden floors, the warm glow of pine walls, and views of the surrounding scenery through large windows and glass balcony doors.

Flåm is situated at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, an extension of the famous Sognefjord. Flåmsbrygga translates as ‘Flåm Brewerey’ and is home to world class beer, winning 3 medals at the world beer brewing championship in 2012. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Kviknes Hotel - Sognefjord

The Kvikne family have been the hosts here since 1877. Kviknes Hotel is beautifully located beside the Sognefjord in Balestrand. There have been many new buildings, reconstructions and extensions since 1877, but none of this has altered the special character of this place. Kviknes is now a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere with 190 guest rooms (mixture of modern and historic rooms). The hotel is graced with an extensive collection of artwork and antiques, which give it its special style.

Simply Sweden recommends
Take a drive along the Gaularfjellet National Tourist Routes, admire the mountain scenery, visit the dramatic waterfalls and the placid lakes, take a RIB boat fjord tour and visit The Norwegian Travel Museum. Cycle rental is also available and there are  many hikes / walks.

Ullensvang Hotel - Sorfjord

Hotel Ullensvang lies idyllically on the sunny side of Sørfjorden, which is an arm of the Hardangerfjord. Behind the hotel, you´ll discover the majestic Hardanger mountain plateau. Hotel Ullensvang can be traced back to 1846 when all that was available was a straw bed. Today Ullensvang is a modern hotel with 160 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts.

Simply Sweden recommends
Activities and excursions galore. Hardangervidda mountain plateau, national park and National Tourist Route, the Skredhaugen open-air museum or Ullensvang Church. A boat trip through the fjord, rent a kayak or a rowing boat or follow one of the numerous hiking trails. Trolltunga was rated the fourth most awe-inspiring place in the world in 2012.

Activities & Excursions

Flåm Suggestions

Flåm is an amazing place. Sea kayaking, walking and cycling are all extremely popular. Maps are easily obtained locally. Fjord excursions by RIB, kayak and boat are also recommended.

Dates

May, June, July, August and September

Prices

Price from £1295 per person (based on 2 people in double / twin room)
Single supplement from £320
Upgrade to fjord view rooms from £125pp

Includes
Flights UK to Bergen
Car rental
6 nights bed and breakfast
Flights Bergen to UK

 

Gallery

Information

Option to add a day or two in Bergen - just ask

Overview

Pack your camera with extra batteries and enjoy the drive!

On this holiday we have carefully selected four National Tourist Routes, which are scenic roads for exploring Norway's breath-taking landscapes and many offer spectacular fjord views. These tourist routes have been designated by the Norwegian government as areas of outstanding natural beauty and areas which Norway wants to show off to the international community. We won't advise the most direct route - that isn't the point of this holiday!

The National Tourist Routes
The National Tourist Routes you will experience are: Hardanger, driving along the side of the Hardangerfjord and Sorfjord; Hardangervidda, northern Europe's largest mountain plateau; Aurlandsfjället , with amazing views of the fjord landscape;  Gaularfjellet, with protected waterfalls and tranquil mountain lakes.

The Fjords
The fjords on show during this tour are plentiful. Here is just a small selection: the famous Hardangerfjord; Hotel Ullensvang sits on the edge of Sorfjord; the famous Flåm railway (one of the world’s steepest); the world’s longest fjord, Sognefjord.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Bergen
Pick up your rental car
Head for the Hardanger National Tourist Route, the Hardangerfjord and Ullensvang Hotel on the edge of Sorfjorden.
The journey takes approx. 3hr45 by the scenic route!

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
Day at leisure to explore the fjords & mountains

Day 3
Breakfast at your hotel
Take the direct scenic route (2hr45) through the Voss River Valley
or the indirect scenic route across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and National Tourist Route (4hrs). You decide!
Flåm is a popular and busy fjord town during the day, but after 6pm, when the cruise ships have departed,
Flåm returns to a quiet, calm place with beautiful fjord scenery.

Day 4
Breakfast at your hotel
Enjoy the region around Flåm, the fjords and the railway

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel
A 3hr leisurely journey between Flåm and Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand.
The route along the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route takes in the Stegastein viewing platform
and the Nærøyfjord which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Day 6
Breakfast at your hotel
Enjoy the Sognefjord and surrounding mountains

Day 7
Breakfast at your hotel
The 4hr journey back the airport includes a drive beside and a ferry across the Sognefjord.
Late afternoon flight back to UK

Accomodation

Flåmsbrygga - Flåm

Located on the quayside in the picturesque fjord village of Flåm, Flåmsbrygga Hotel offers warm and welcoming accommodation in the heart of Fjord Norway. The hotel rooms are decorated with wooden floors, the warm glow of pine walls, and views of the surrounding scenery through large windows and glass balcony doors.

Flåm is situated at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, an extension of the famous Sognefjord. Flåmsbrygga translates as ‘Flåm Brewerey’ and is home to world class beer, winning 3 medals at the world beer brewing championship in 2012. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Kviknes Hotel - Sognefjord

The Kvikne family have been the hosts here since 1877. Kviknes Hotel is beautifully located beside the Sognefjord in Balestrand. There have been many new buildings, reconstructions and extensions since 1877, but none of this has altered the special character of this place. Kviknes is now a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere with 190 guest rooms (mixture of modern and historic rooms). The hotel is graced with an extensive collection of artwork and antiques, which give it its special style.

Simply Sweden recommends
Take a drive along the Gaularfjellet National Tourist Routes, admire the mountain scenery, visit the dramatic waterfalls and the placid lakes, take a RIB boat fjord tour and visit The Norwegian Travel Museum. Cycle rental is also available and there are  many hikes / walks.

Ullensvang Hotel - Sorfjord

Hotel Ullensvang lies idyllically on the sunny side of Sørfjorden, which is an arm of the Hardangerfjord. Behind the hotel, you´ll discover the majestic Hardanger mountain plateau. Hotel Ullensvang can be traced back to 1846 when all that was available was a straw bed. Today Ullensvang is a modern hotel with 160 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and squash courts.

Simply Sweden recommends
Activities and excursions galore. Hardangervidda mountain plateau, national park and National Tourist Route, the Skredhaugen open-air museum or Ullensvang Church. A boat trip through the fjord, rent a kayak or a rowing boat or follow one of the numerous hiking trails. Trolltunga was rated the fourth most awe-inspiring place in the world in 2012.

Excursions

Flåm Suggestions

Flåm is an amazing place. Sea kayaking, walking and cycling are all extremely popular. Maps are easily obtained locally. Fjord excursions by RIB, kayak and boat are also recommended.

Dates

May, June, July, August and September

Prices

Price from £1295 per person (based on 2 people in double / twin room)
Single supplement from £320
Upgrade to fjord view rooms from £125pp

Includes
Flights UK to Bergen
Car rental
6 nights bed and breakfast
Flights Bergen to UK

 

Gallery More Info

Option to add a day or two in Bergen - just ask