Hurtigruten Cruises

Fjord Splendour - 10 days

Self Drive Tours, start in Bergen

This exclusive self drive tour starts in Bergen, the Gateway to the Norwegian Fjords. Stay at unique/historic hotels by the fjord, drive on scenic tourist roads, cruise on the Geirangerfjord, visit royal Trondheim and enjoy an overnight cruise with Hurtigruten.

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Tour details

This tour can commence in: Bergen

Day 01: Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords

  • Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 02: Bergen – Flåm Railway - Balestrand

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Bergen to Balestrand.
    • Driving distance: 265 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4,5 hours
    • Driving time and distance includes detour to Flåm
    • Short ferry crossing from Vangsnes to Dragsvik (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Flåm and Flåm Railway
    • Drive Stalheimskleiva Road (very steep)
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included.

Day 03: Balestrand / Optional Fjord & Glacier Excursion

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Balestrand.
  • Recommended activities:
    • Relax by the fjord.
    • Rent a boat or bike.
    • Go for a mountain hike.
    • Go for a walk in Balestrand.
  • Recommended excursions:
    • Fjord & Glacier Excursion – full day
    • Fjord & Glacier Excursion – half day
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included.

Day 04: Balestrand – Gaular Mountain - Geiranger Fjord Cruise

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Balestrand to Geiranger.
    • Driving distance: 260 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4,5 hours
    • 1-hour ferry crossing on the Geirangerfjord.
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Detour to Briksdal Glacier.
  • Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included.

Day 05: Geiranger - day at leisure

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Geiranger.
  • Recommended activities and attractions:
    • Norwegian Fjord Centre
    • Dalsnibba viewpoint
    • Hiking on marked trails
    • Boat trip on the fjord
  • Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included.

Day 06: Drive Troll Road – Atlantic Ocean Road - Håholmen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Geiranger to Håholmen.
    • Driving distance: 210 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4,5 hours
    • Driving time and distance includes detour to Troll Road & Bud
    • Short ferry crossing from Eidsdal to Linge (to be paid on spot)
    • Short ferry crossing from Åfarnes to Sølsnes (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Troll Road view point
    • Bud fishing village
  • Dinner and accommodation at Håholmen Havstuer.

Day 07: Håholmen Island – Trondheim

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Håholmen to Trondheim.
    • Driving distance: 220 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
    • Short ferry crossing from Kanestraum to Halsa (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended attractions in Trondheim:
    • Nidaros Cathedral
    • Kristiansten Fortress
    • Trøndelag Open Air Museum
    • Ringve Museum
    • Bakklandet
  • Accommodation in Trondheim.

Day 08: Overnight cruise with Hurtigruten to Bergen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning cruise departure with Hurtigruten.
  • Cruise along the coast of Norway in southern direction.
  • Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 09: Bergen - afternoon at leisure

  • Breakfast onboard Hurtigruten.
  • Day at sea. Arrival in Bergen at 14:30 hrs.
  • Afternoon at leisure in Bergen.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Bryggen Wharf
    • Fløibanen funicular
    • Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen
    • The Fish and Flower market
    • Old Bergen Open Air Museum
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 10: Departure from Bergen

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Bergen according to your own itinerary.

Day 01: Bergen, the Gateway to the Fjords

Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary. Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Attractions in Bergen include the Hanseatic Bryggen Harbour, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).
Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 02: Bergen – Flåm Railway - Balestrand

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Bergen heading in a northeasterly direction via Voss. Before continuing to Balestrand, we recommend a detour to visit the fjord village of Flåm where you can experience the Flåm Railway. The railway passes through wild and beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides from the Sognefjord and reaching up to a height of 900 metres. There is no other adhesion railway in the world running on normal tracks that is so steep over a long distance. Return from Flåm through the Nærøy Valley and continue across the Vika Mountain to Vik. A short ferry crossing (to be paid on spot) will take you across the Sognefjord to Balestrand, a charming village located by the fjord. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 03: Balestrand / Optional Fjord & Glacier Excursion

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in the Sognefjord region. You may spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery. For the more active at heart we suggest hiking, bicycle rental or rowing boat rental – all available from the hotel. We also highly recommend an excursion to visit Fjærland and the Glacier Museum. Travel on the Fjærlandsfjord and experience one of the most beautiful fjord arms in Norway. Along the fjord, the old hamlets and farms are reminders of the struggle for existence in past times. Local busses will transport you to the Glacier Museum, where you will learn more about the glaciers and how the fjords were formed. From there you will continue to two different extensions of the Jostedal Glacier; Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen glaciers (not possible to walk on the glaciers). If choosing the full day excursion you will have time at leisure to explore Fjærland, the Norwegian Book Town. Return by ferry to Balestrand (please see add-ons for excursion details and prices). Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 04: Balestrand – Gaular Mountain - Geiranger Fjord Cruise

Breakfast at the hotel. Today your journey continues from Balestrand in northern direction, bringing you across the Gaular mountain on one of Norway's National Tourist Routes. Continue in northern direction via Stryn to Hellesylt, where you will depart on a 1-hour ferry crossing along the Geirangerfjord. The Geirangerfjord was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 2005, and is truly a spectacular sight with its waterfalls and steep hills. Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 05: Geiranger - day at leisure

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure. We recommend a visit at the Norwegian Fjord Centre, where you can learn how people lived along the steep edges of the fjords. The area also offers great hiking possibilities. Dinner and accommodation at Union Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 06: Drive Troll Road – Atlantic Ocean Road - Håholmen

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Geiranger by car up the Eagle Road, which offers panoramic view of the Geirangerfjord. A short ferry crossing (to be paid on spot) will bring you to Linge where you will continue by car to the Troll Road, one of Norway’s best known tourist attractions. The road has 11 turns and the highest point is 858 meters above sea level. Dramatic, exciting and the ultimate nature experience - this is the best way to describe it. From Åndalsnes the drive continues in northern direction across the Langfjord by ferry (to be paid on spot) and brides in direction of Molde. Continue past Molde to Bud and take the scenic ocean road to Farstad and the Atlantic Ocean Road - The 8.3 km long road is built on several small islands and skerries, and is spanned by eight bridges and several landfills. The Atlantic Ocean Road was voted "Norwegian Construction of the Century" in 2005, and is currently Norway's second most visited scenic road after the Troll Road. Dinner and accommodation at the unique Håholmen Havstuer, located on the small Håholmen Island along the Atlantic Ocean Road.

Day 07: Håholmen Island – Trondheim

Breakfast at the hotel. Today the journey continues in eastern direction through the underwater tunnel to Kristiansund, and then through Nordmøre - a region characterized by the amazingly short distances between high mountain ranges and the wild open sea. The 3-4 hour drive will bring you to Trondheim, Norway’s 3rd largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 BC, and occupies a special place in Norwegian culture and history. Trondheim was Norway’s first capital and continues to be the coronation city where Norway's Kings from Harald Hårfagre (10th century BC) to King Harald V (1991 -) have been crowned and blessed. We recommend a visit at the Nidaros Cathedral, built over the grave of St. Olav. Next to the cathedral you will find the Archbishop’s Palace, the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. Other sights of interest are Kristiansten Fortress, the Monk’s Island, Trøndelag Open Air Museum and Stiftsgården – the Royal Residence in Trondheim. We also recommend a stroll in Bakklandet, located on the east bank of the river Nid. Here you will find old wooden buildings which were formerly worker’s dwellings but are now partly restored as homes or charming shops and restaurants. Accommodation in Trondheim.

Day 08: Overnight cruise with Hurtigruten to Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel before departure at 10 am by Hurtigruten, described as the world’s most beautiful sea voyage. The overnight cruise from Trondheim to Bergen starts through the Trondheimsfjord and along Trondheimsleia channel, before continuing southwards to Kristiansund and Molde. Kristiansund is the home of dried fish production while Molde is known for its breathtaking location with panoramic views of the 222 partly snow-clad mountain peaks (Romsdal Alps). Dinner and accommodation onboard Hurtigruten.

Day 09: Bergen - afternoon at leisure

Morning at sea. Enjoy your breakfast and the beautiful coastal scenery during the last part of the cruise to Bergen. You will experience magnificent fjord- and archipelago scenery, before the ship arrives at it’s destination at 14:30 hrs. Accommodation in Bergen. Possibility to upgrade to business class room, for more information please see add-ons.

Day 10: Departure from Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Bergen according to your own itinerary. Or perhaps you would like to combine the tour with Oslo, the capital of Norway? Please see add-ons for further details.

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