Discover the truly stunning scenery of southern Norway. This tour takes you on an amazing journey through historical, cultural and scenic delights. Highlights include visiting the spectacular Norwegian fjords, exploring the exquisite towns of Bergen and Alesund, driving some of the world’s most thrilling mountain passes, past breath-taking scenery, and discovering one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The tour starts in southern Norway, near Oslo and then heads over the mountains to stay overnight in Telemark. Drive north to Bergen for a couple of nights, and before traversing the fjords for a couple of days.
Continue onto a fabulous hotel near Alesund for three nights at our northernmost point of the tour. There will be a day to drive out to the famed Atlantic Road. Leave the coast and turn inland to the fjords and stay at the end of most famed, Geirangerfjord, for two nights. Climb over the mountains and pass through valleys to Lom and then onto Sogndal. Then take a ferry cruise across Sogndalfjord and stay on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, famed for its orchards. Finally return to Kristiansand for the final night in Norway followed by the ferry crossing back to Denmark and then to the UK. Classic Travelling has driven the route many a time so we can promise you it is scenic and interesting, as well as visited each hotel to make certain we have the most pleasant accommodation in the area and they have appropriate standards of comfort and charm, along with suitable parking.
Stay in some delightful hotels, including wonderful wooden Gothic hotels, mountain log cabins, beautiful historic buildings, and stylish city hotels. All the accommodation is individual and unique and of a high standard. Due to the nature and age of these hotels, rooms vary from charmingly comfortable to the utmost luxury. We have hand-picked each hotel for its unique atmosphere and style. All accommodation includes breakfast and most include dinner. Suitable parking is, of course, a feature of each hotel, but it is rarely under cover. In Bergen we shall be using a small, public parking house that is locked at night, adjacent to the hotel.
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Day One: Thursday 11 June
Cross from Harwich, England at 18.00 (check in at 17.00) and take the overnight crossing with Regina Lines to Esbjerg, Denmark. There will be a welcome dinner on board.
Day Two; Friday 12 June
Arrive in Esbjerg, Denmark at 13.00. Drive north, along the coast, to north Jutland. The scenery is graceful and dotted with pretty farms and log cabins. Stay overnight in a lovely old manor house near Hirtshals, in northern Denmark. A delicious dinner is included. Mileage to Hirtshals: 175
Day Three: Saturday 13 June
Leave the hotel and drive to Hirtshals in northern Denmark. Take the Fjordline ferry (2.5 hours) to Kristiansand in southern Norway. Enjoy the drive past lakes and over the mountains into Telemark, to Dalen and stay in a fabulous, wooden Gothic hotel at the top of a fjord. The interior and exterior of this hotel are exquisite. Dinner is included. Mileage: 162
Day Four: Sunday 14 June
Drive north to Bergen through the most beautiful scenery. There is a lovely little stave church to visit shortly after leaving the hotel. Drive over the mountains and along valleys, past the famous twin waterfalls of Latefossen to Bergen and stay for two nights. Once in Bergen the tour will spend two nights in a fabulous hotel on the waters edge, just seconds along the quay from the World Heritage-listed, and very picturesque, Bryggen. Light evening meals are included at the hotel, but if you want something more substantial there are many good restaurants to sample in Bergen. Mileage: 193
Day Five: Monday 15 June
The day is yours to explore the many delights of Bergen. The old town is a fascinating area to explore, with little wooden houses jostled in the smallest of spaces on the hillside overlooking the harbour. Maybe include an Grieg concert at the composer’s home, Troldhaugen. Or climb up Floibanen and enjoy the view from the top, looking over the city and the sea. Mileage: 0
Day Six: Tuesday 16 June
Leave Bergen and drive to Voss and then north for a wonderful drive to Vagsnes, passing Vik, with its medieval wooden stave church. It is then a short ferry trip, across Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, to Balestrand, where you will stay in a beautiful wooden hotel right on the fjord edge. There is a fabulous and extensive buffet for dinner, with an incredible array of seafood. Mileage: 118
Day Seven: Wednesday 17 June
Enjoy a day to visit the Jostedalsbreen Glacier and National Park. The glacier is the largest on the European continent, covering 474km2. It is also the fastest glacier in Norway with ice moving at 2 metres per day! It is also possible to walk onn the glacier with experienced guides. Also visit Fjaerland, known as Norway’s town of books. Mileage: TBC
Day Eight: Thursday 18 June
Wind your way around the fjords and over the mountains to Stryn. Sunnmore’s has a wonderful profusion of fjords, small fishing communities, island gems and majestic mountains to discover. Stay for three nights in a truly glorious log-walled, grass-roofed, boutique hotel overlooking the fjord and mountains just 30km east of Alesund. Dinner is included. Mileage: 189
Day Nine: Friday 19 June
Spend time exploring the picturesque town of Alesund, which is just 30 minutes away. Alesund is a picturesque art deco town, entirely rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1904. The myriad of turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation that give the town its distinctive character.
In the evening we have arranged a private cruise to one of the most beautiful fjords in the world, Hjorundfjorden, departing from the hotel’s private jetty. Surrounded by majestic mountains, cruise along the fjord enjoying some of Norway’s most wonderful scenery. We will be stopping at a local resturant for dinner by the water. . Then return to the hotel again by boat in the late evening. As it is midsummer it doesn’t get dark. Mileage: own
Day Ten: Saturday 20 June
Drive a circular tour north to the Atlantic Road. Head up to Molde and then to the coast where the 8km-long Atlantic Road zig-zags across low bridges that jut out over the sea, linking the islands and skerries. The Hustadvika is an infamous stretch of ocean and when in storm it is truly dramatic. In calmer weather you might spot whales and seals. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Mileage: about 130
Day Eleven: Sunday 21 June
Drive along the coast to Andalsnes, a quaint little town on a lake. Drive up the famous Trollstigen – an awesome road with hairpin bends, a 1:12 gradient and practically one lane all the way. Continue onto Geiranger and down the Eagle’s Highway into the valley. The hotel overlooks the Geirangerfjord, one of the most beautiful and photographed parts of Norway. There is also a small vintage car museum and the acclaimed Norwegian Fjord Centre to visit. Stay for two nights in a beautiful hotel just above the town and overlooking the area, with a spa and pool. An extensive buffet dinner is included on both nights. Mileage: 127
Day Twelve: Monday 22 June
Spend the day relaxing. There are some fabulous walks in the area, or take a boat trip down Geirangerfjord to Hellesylt to see the fjords from a different angle. The fjord is reputed for its magnificent waterfalls, such as Friaren, Desyvsostre and Brudesloret. The area is also famous for the many mountain farms, clinging to the mountain hills along the fjord. This beautiful place also offers some of the world’s most famous viewpoints; Ornesvingene, Flydalsjuvet and Dalssnibba. Mileage: 0
Day Thirteen: Tuesday 23 June
The ascent south from Geiranger is a fabulous road of 37 hairpin bends. Today’s drive includes some sensational mountain passes and breathtaking scenery. Take the old road up to the summer skiing area (there will be a chance to indulge if you wish) at Strynefjell and then over the mountains on some stunning roads to Lom.
Visit Roisheim, in the heart of the beautiful valley of Boverdalen, which consists of 12 perfectly preserved buildings from the 18th century. The chalets have been lovingly restored with utmost care. This is a great stop for lunch (included) and its excellent cuisine and wine cellar are only some of the reasons to visit this place, situated close to some of Norway’s tallest mountains.
Continue over the mountains and descend to Lustrafjord, an arm of the Sogndalfjord. Visit the stunning 11th century stave church at Urnes before taking a little ferry across the fjord to stay overnight at Solvorn, on the edge of the fjord, at Norway’s oldest family-run hotel, a beautiful wooden building in lovely gardens. Dinner is at the hotel. Mileage: 145
Day Fourteen: Wednesday 24 June
To avoid some of Europe’s longest road tunnels, take a delightful 2 1/2 hour ferry cruise along Sogndalfjord from Kaupanger to Gudvangen (included). Head south to Voss and then onto the orchard-growing area of Hardangerfjord. Visit the fabulous Voringsfossen. Stay overnight on the edge of the fjord at Lofthus in a lovely hotel. Mileage: 89
Day Fifteen: Thursday 25 June
Drive along the edge of the fjord to Odda and then over the mountains, heading south. The scenery is beautiful and the driving fun. Drive to the beautiful little city of Stavanger, where there is time to spend a few hours before boarding the overnight ferry to Hirtshals in northern Denmark. Dinner is included on board.
Day Sixteen: Friday 26 June
Arrive Hirtshals at 8am, having had breakfast on board, and drive south, through Denmark’s gentle countryside to Esbjerg. The ferry departs at 18.00. There will be a farewell dinner on board.
Day Seventeen: Saturday 27 June
Enjoy a buffet breakfast on board. Arrive in Harwich, UK at 13.00 and depart for home.
Total Mileage: about 1,480 miles
Duration: 16 nights/17 days, including travel
Dates: 11-27 June 2015
Price: £4,495 per person – based on 2 people sharing a car and double/twin room
£6,995 per person – for a single traveller, in a single room/cabin and 1 car
- An extensively researched and carefully designed itinerary to optimise your trip
- All accommodation for 16 nights at charming and luxury hand-picked hotels, based on 2 people sharing a twin or double room
- Full breakfast every morning
- Three-course dinner each evening. Dinner is a light buffet meal at the hotel in Bergen, or you may prefer to sample one of the local restaurants in the town if you would like something more substantial (at your own expense). This hotel also serves free pancakes or waffles in the afternoon.
- There will be a welcome drink at the hotel in Denmark and the first hotel in Norway.
- An exclusive evening boat cruise with dinner (Day 9).
- Lunch at the historic farmstead of Roisheim on Day 11
- Kaupanger-Gudvangen ferry on Day 14
- Tour book – includes a brief history of Norway, basic Norwegian dictionary, emergency details, overview maps and detailed directions, accommodation information, and a very detailed account of sights and visits for each day. The book eliminates the need for any other guide books.
- Norway road atlas
- Return ferry with sea-view cabin from Harwick, UK to Esbjerg, Denmark with Regina Lines, with buffet dinner (no wine) and breakfast.
- Ferry from Hirtshals, Denmark to Kristiansand, Norway
- Overnight ferry from Stavanger, Norway to Hirtshals, Denmark, with a seaview cabin, including buffet dinner (no wine) and breakfast
- A professional hard-back photo book after the tour, with memorable images from your trip
- Our back-up mechanics, Dan Monk from Winchester Classics & Joe Coleman from Move My Motor will accompany the tour in case of any mechanical problems.
- Tour director, Sarah Dowding will accompany the tour to ensure your holiday goes smoothly. She will be accompanied by her husband, Nick Richmond, who is a chiropractor and physical therapist, and is on hand for any ‘human mechanical issues’.
What’s not included
- Fuel, road tolls (minimal) and Norwegian fjord ferry crossings
- Any lunches (except at Roisheim on Day 11 )
- Any drinks
- Entry for attractions and activities
- Personal, travel and medical insurance are extra
- We strongly suggest and recommend you have European breakdown cover, and ensure you are covered for the countries to be visited.
- This tour is open to owners of all classic, vintage and sports cars of all ages.
- All passports must be valid for six months after the end of the tour. You will also need your vehicle registration documents, driving licence (a photo-card licence or international permit is best), and an international insurance green card.
- Please check with your travel and motor insurers that you are covered for travel in the required countries.
- You are also required to carry a warning triangle, first-aid kit, two fluorescent jackets, set of replacement bulbs and a national identification sticker.
- Dinner on most evenings will be a smart-casual affair, although a jacket and tie is rarely expected for men.
- However, the most important requirement is that you take pleasure in motoring through fabulous scenery, relish individual, character hotels and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers.
Each person must have a passport (and any necessary visas for non-EU passport holders) valid for Norway and Denmark.