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Silver Ghost Norwegian Fjords

14 June 2024 - 30 June 2024

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RREC logoA wonderful two-week tour of the Norwegian fjords and mountains for members of the RREC Silver Ghost Register. This tour takes you on an amazing journey through historical, cultural and scenic delights. Highlights include visiting the spectacular fjords, exploring the exquisite towns of Bergen and Alesund, driving some of the world’s most thrilling mountain passes (Trollstigen, Ørnesvingen, Gamle Strynfjellsvegen, Sognefjellet and more) and scenic drives, including the famed Atlantic Road, past breathtaking scenery and vistas, and discovering one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

The tour will start and finish in Kristiansand in southern Norway. Head to Telemark to stay in a gorgeous wooden hotel by the water. Drive north, past the Voringfossen Waterfall, to Bergen for a couple of nights, and night at Balestrand, and then onto the Alesund area, and drive the famed Atlantic Road. Leave the coast and turn inland to the fjords and stay at the end of most famous, Geirangerfjord, where we shall stay for two nights. Climb the mountains and pass through valleys to Lom and then onto Sogndal. Take a ferry cruise across Sognefjord and then stay on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, famed for its orchards.

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“What a fantastic trip !!!! I strongly doubt you can have more fun with your clothes on !?!?” – B.H., Sweden

Highlights of the Norwegian Fjords

  • Sensational Norwegian fjords including Geirgangerfjord, Hardangerfjord & Sognefjord
  • Thrilling mountain roads of Trollstigen, Ørnesvingen, Gamle Strynfjellsvegen, Sognefjellet and more
  • The famed Atlantic Road, hopping across the coastal islands
  • Breath-taking & majestic scenery of one of the world’s most beautiful countries
  • Visit Oslo, Bergen, Ålesund & Geiranger
  • Stay in gorgeous hotels, from beautiful city hotels, incredible Gothic-style wooden hotels to fjord-edge hotels and luxurious log-built hotels
  • Cultural delights such as stave churches, historic towns & villages, fascinating museums
Route map
Price: £TBC
Starts: 14 June 2024
Duration: 16 days / 15 nights
Mileage: 1,590 in Norway miles

Itinerary

May be subject to change.

Day 1: 14 June 2024

We shall meet in the Netherlands at the port of Eemshaven, north of Groningen, where we take the next overnight ferry to Norway, departing at 15.30.

We shall have sea-view cabins booked for your comfort. There will be a group dinner and breakfast on board.

Day 2: 15 June 2024 133 miles

Arrive in Kristiansand, Norway at 10am. It’s a fabulous drive north into the mountains of Telemark, to Dalen. Stay in a fabulous, wooden Gothic hotel at the top of a fjord for the net two nights. The interior and exterior of this hotel are exquisite. Dinner is included.

Day 3: 16 June 2024 65 miles

Enjoy a relaxing day off, seeing the local area. There is a short circular tour around the area which visits the Eidsborg stave church and two wonderful outdoor museums, showing life in centuries past in Telemark. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 4: 17 June 2024 197 miles

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.

Day 5: 18 June 2024

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.

Day 6: 19 June 2024 118 miles

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. Dinner is included.

Day 7: 20 June 2024 189 miles

Wind your way around the fjords and over the mountains to Stryn and the Sunnmore Alps, which has a wonderful profusion of fjords, small fishing communities, island gems and majestic mountains to discover. Continue on to the most stunning hotel, made up of fabulous log buildings in a beautiful fjordland setting. We will stay here for two nights. Dinner is included on both evenings.

Day 8: 21 June 2024 35 miles

Spend time exploring the picturesque town of Alesund, which has a lovely centre, based around the harbour. It is also possible to climb the steps (or take the train) to the top of the mountain overlooking the town. 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 are like something from a fairytale.

Day 9: 22 June 2024 155 miles

Drive the fabulous Atlantic Road – a unique stretch of road which takes you right out to the ocean’s edge. In 2005 the road was voted Norway’s ‘Engineering Feat of the Century’ and is also known to be one of the world’s most beautiful drives. It connects Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets spanned by a total of eight bridges over 8 kilometres. The entire stretch between Bud and Kristiansund is one continuous experience packed with coastal scenery, culture and history.

Stay in a little gem of a hotel dating back to the 16th century, set on the fjord edge. It offers one of the finest spas in Norway, as well as a small museum and art gallery. The renowned kitchen obtains its ingredients from the fjords, mountains, forests, and fields in the surrounding area.

Day 10: 23 June 2024 107 miles

Skirt along the fjord edges 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 vintage car museum and the acclaimed Norwegian Fjord Centre to visit. Stay for two nights in a beautiful wooden hotel on the fjord. Dinner is included both evenings.

Day 11: 24 June 2024

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.

Day 12: 25 June 2024 145 miles

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 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 stave church at Urnes and then 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 included.

Day 13: 26 June 2024 128 miles

Cross the beautiful Sognefjord and along the world’s narrowest fjord on the fabulous ferry from Kaupanger to Gudvangen. Then head across the mountains to the Hemsedal Valley, visiting the Borgund stave church on the way. Stay for two nights in a fabulous hotel in the mountain village of Geilo. Dinner is included.

Day 14: 27 June 2024

Enjoy a day relaxing in Geilo. The hotel has a lovely pool, sauna and spa. If you’re feeling adventurous you could even take Norway’s longest zip-line! If you’re chasing views, you should follow the 2339 stone steps up the Prestholtstien trail, to the top of Hallingskarvet mountain and there are lots of wonderful walks and hikes for all abilities. Dinner will be at leisure this evening and local recommendations will be made.

Day 15: 28 June 2024 159 miles

It’s a lovely, rural drive south to the coast, south of Oslo. The scenery is beautiful and the driving fun. Stay overnight in a stunning, historic hotel, set in a beautiful, natural location on a small island. The hotel is luxurious yet relaxing. Dinner is included.

Day 16: 29 June 2024 159 miles

After breakfast head south along the coast to Kristiansand. The overnight ferry to Holland departs at 15.30.

Day 17: 30 June 2024

Arrive in Eemshaven, Netherlands at 9.30am. For those not driving back to the UK, it’s farewell.

For those heading to the UK, drive 3 1/2 hours south to the Hook of Holland for the sailing to Harwich. This either departs at 14.15, arriving at 19.45, or the overnight sailing departs at 22.00, arriving at 06.30, for those wishing to spend a little more time in the Netherlands.

Accommodation

Stay in some delightful hotels, including wonderful wooden Gothic hotels, mountain log cabins, converted wharf-side warehouses, 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 carefully 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 the cities you will be using small, public parking houses that are locked at night, adjacent to the hotels.

“As always, a wonderful tour! Nothing could take away the euphoria we felt having completed a fantastic trip amongst such friendly company. Thanks everyone and look forward to being in your company on future trips.” – T&H.R., Berkshire

Requirements

  • 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 in your vehicle.
  • Each person must have a passport (and any necessary visas for non-EU passport holders) valid for Norway.