Norway’s Majestic Fjords
featuring Hardangerfjord and Sognfjord
Saturday 9th - Sunday 17th June 2018
9 daysDeposit: £150pp
Travel Insurance: £59pp
Single supplement: £249
We are delighted to be off to Norway again, on a 9-day “FLY-COACH” holiday that takes you to the heart of fjord country. The tour will travel to Norway by coach, and return by air from Bergen to Gatwick.
It is difficult to describe the sheer beauty of Fjordland Norway, a stunning land of snow-capped mountains, crystal lakes and charming villages. Norwegian roads are quiet and are frequently diving in and out of tunnels, with an exciting new vista every time you emerge into the daylight. We explore Norway’s longest and most spectacular fjord, the Sognefjord, which reaches 130 miles inland, flanked by waterfalls and spectacular rock walls. And we stay on Eidfjord, a branch of the Hardangerfjord which reaches depths of up to 900 metres. For your added comfort and safety there will be two drivers on the tour.
The deposit for this tour is £150 per person.
Whilst it is a scenic tour, with a substantial amount of travelling on board the coach, we do not recommend it for anyone who has walking difficulties. There will be a considerable amount of walking required at the airports and also at several of the places we visit in Norway, and you will need to get on and off trains and ferries. If in doubt, please speak to our Tour Manager.
Currency in Norway is the Kroner (NOK). Dinner, bed and breakfast is included at all the hotels, so you will only require Norwegian Kroner for lunches, souvenirs and other incidental expenses. Credit & debit cards are widely accepted in Norway (with a pin number). We recommend a small amount of Euros for stops on the outward coach journey and the overnight ferry crossing.
You must carry a valid Passport on this tour. If you are a British Citizen you do not currently need a Visa to enter any of the countries on the tour. When you complete the booking form, please ensure that you give your name exactly as it appears on your passport, including any middle name(s).
Please note that meals are not included on the Color Line ferry crossing
This tour is arranged by Norman Allen Group Travel Ltd (ATOL 3683), for whom we act as agents. All bookings are subject to their booking conditions which we will supply on request.
Please note that flights, ferry schedules and other information were correct at the time of printing. We will notify you if there are any major changes to the timings that affect the itinerary between now and the date of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS
- Door-to-door service* & airport transfers
- Flight Bergen-Gatwick with Norwegian Air, including one checked-in bag (up to 20kg)
- Channel ferry crossing
- Luxury coach travel with two drivers. On board WC for peace of mind
- 2 overnights en route to Norway with dinner & breakfast
- Color Line ferry crossing Kiel-Oslo with cabin accommodation
- 2 nights at the Quality Hotel, Voringfoss with dinner and breakfast
- 3 nights at Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand with dinner and breakfast
- Internal ferry crossings in Norway
- Admission to the Hardanger Folk Museum
- Railway Voss-Myrdal-Flåm
- Admission to the Sogn Folk Museum
- Admission to the Norwegian Glacier Museum
- Fjord cruise Fjaerland to Balestrand
- A visit to Voringfoss Waterfall
- Complimentary tea/coffee on the coach
Your Holiday Hotel
YOUR MAIN HOLIDAY HOTELS
QUALITY HOTEL VORINGFOSS is a 3-star superior equivalent hotel located on the edge of the Hardangerfjord in the small town of Eidfjord. Built in typical wooden style, it offers the charm of a traditional Norwegian hotel with excellent modern comforts. Bedrooms all have private facilities, telephone, television and free Wi-Fi. A lift serves all floors. In addition to a garden and terrace with stunning views, the Hotel has a pleasant restaurant and bar. Complimentary tea/coffee is available for guests in the reception area and a glass of local apple juice is served on arrival. Breakfast is a hot & cold buffet, and dinner is also a buffet with a range of starters, main courses and desserts. Hotel Website
KVIKNES HOTEL in Balestrand developed from a small farmstead and dates from 1877. The present hotel was completed in 1913, and the historic building has an extensive collection of artworks and antiques which gives it a unique style and atmosphere. Set in beautiful scenery overlooking the Sognefjord, Kviknes has been visited by Royalty, emperors, presidents, prime ministers and celebrities from all over the world. The bedrooms for Roadmark guests will be in the modern wing, built in the 1960s, which is not as pretty as the old building, and may not have fjord views. Meals are served buffet style in the restaurant overlooking the Sognefjord. Hotel Website
(DAY 1) Saturday 9th June
A taxi will collect you from home and bring you to the Roadmark coach to join your drivers and fellow passengers for the start of this 9-day tour to the Norwegian fjords. We drive to Dover for a ferry crossing to France, then through Belgium and Holland to the Van Der Valk Hotel Venlo.
(DAY 2) Sunday 10th June
We are soon in Germany, heading to Bremen, a maritime city straddling the Weser River. There will be time for lunch, and a stroll among the Hanseatic Buildings on the Market Square, including one of Germany’s most beautiful town halls dating from the early 1400s. Our overnight hotel is The Leonardo Hotel Stillhorn, located on the outskirts of Hamburg.
(DAY 3) Monday 11th June
Much of today will be spent on the coach driving north through Denmark to the port of Hirtshals. We take the evening ferry to Norway, including comfortable accommodation in standard cabins with sea view. Meals on board the ship are not included, but there are different bars and restaurants to choose from. The Fjordline cruise ferries are among the first in the world to be powered by liquefied natural gas, and carry around 1500 passengers and 600 vehicles.
(DAY 4) Tuesday 12th June
The ship calls at Stavanger early morning before continuing up the Norwegian coast, sailing past majestic mountains, charming coves, fjord outlets and small fishing communities. The final approach to Bergen is nothing less than magical. We arrive at midday and drive east to cross the Hardanger Bridge which opened in 2013 and is the world’s longest tunnel-to-tunnel suspension bridge. For the next two nights we stay at the Quality Hotel Voringfoss, situated on the shore of the Hardangerfjord with its deep blue water and backdrop of mountains and waterfalls.
(DAY 5) Wednesday 13th June
A full day Hardangerfjord excursion, travelling first to Kvanndal for a ferry across the fjord to Utne. We visit one of Norway’s oldest museums for an introduction to the culture of the Hardanger region, with exhibitions on embroidery, costumes and folk music. We continue via the ferry to Kinsarvik and drive further along the Eidfjord to visit Voringfossen Waterfall. See vast quantities of water plunge 182 metres from the Hardangervidda plateau into the Mabodalen Valley.
(DAY 6) Thursday 14th June
Over the Hardangerbrua for the third time then on to Voss, where we will board a train to journey along part of the famous Bergen to Oslo Railway. We pass through upland farming country before climbing to the remote station at Myrdal, isolated in a great bowl of mountains. Here we transfer to the Flåm Railway, said to be among the most incredible train journeys in the world. It is also the world’s steepest standard gauge line. We descend through wild and magnificent mountain scenery, overcoming a height difference of 866 metres. In Flam we rejoin the coach and drive over the Vikafjell mountain road to the Sognefjord. Then a ferry from Vangsnes to Dragsvik and a short drive to Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand for a three-night stay.
(DAY 7) Friday 15th June
We take the ferry from Dragsvik to Hella and drive alongside the Sognefjord to Kaupanger to visit the Stave Church. It is considered to be a cathedral among Norwegian stave churches and is still used as the church for the local parish. Then to the Sogn Folk Museum to discover how people from Sogn have lived and worked from the Middle Ages to the present day. There is a unique collection of boats, a tavern from the 19th century, and a traditional farm.
(DAY 8) Saturday 16th June
We drive up an amazing mountain road that twists and turns through nine hairpin bends to the Gaularfell viewpoint. Continuing past rivers and waterfalls we reach the town of Skei, with its large tourist shop. Then to pretty Fjaerland, where we visit the Norsk Bremuseum to learn about ice, glaciers and how the fjords were formed. We round off the day with a cruise on the Fjaerlandsfjord, with views of the Jostedalen Glacier, the largest glacier in mainland Europe.
(DAY 9) Sunday 17th June
After breakfast we drive south to Bergen, a journey of around 4 hours. There will be time this afternoon to explore this unique maritime city before a transfer to the airport. Our homeward flight arrives at Gatwick at 20.10, and a short coach ride will take us to the waiting taxis.