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Historical Fjords - 8 days

Self Drive Tours, Start in Bergen

Experience two of Norway's spectacular fjords; the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. Drive on scenic tourist roads along the fjords and across breathtaking mountain passes and stay at charming historical hotels of Norway. Activities like kayaking and glacier walk can be added.

Tour details

This tour can commence in: Bergen

Day 01: Arrival in Bergen/Os

  • Arrival in Bergen/Os according to your own itinerary.
  • Distance from Bergen Airport Flesland:
    • Driving distance: 33 km
    • Approximate driving time: 50 minutes
  • Dinner and accommodation at Solstrand Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included

Day 02: Day at leisure in Bergen/Os

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure at Solstrand Hotel or in Bergen.
  • Recommended activities in Os:
    • Relax by the fjord
    • Spa (at the hotel)
    • Excellent hiking and biking paths
    • Boat trips
    • Kayak rental
  • Recommended attractions in Bergen:
    • Bryggen Wharf
    • Fløibanen funicular
    • Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen
    • The Fish and Flower market
    • Old Bergen Open Air Museum
  • Accommodation at Solstrand Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included

Day 03: Bergen – Hardangerfjord – Lofthus (170 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Os to Lofthus.
    • Driving distance: 180 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
    • Short ferry crossing from Hatvik to Venjaneset (to be paid on spot)
    • Short ferry crossing from Tørvikbygd to Jondal (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Folgefonna Glacier – early start required if joining glacier walk
    • Hardanger Culture Gallery in Herand
    • Hardanger Folk Museum in Utne
    • Agatunet Farm Village
    • Tyssedal Power Plant
  • Dinner and accommodation at Ullensvang Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included

Day 04: Lofthus – Geilo (135 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Morning at leisure in Lofthus.
  • Drive from Lofthus to Geilo.
    • Driving distance: 135 km
    • Approximate driving time: 2,5 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Hardangervidda Nature Centre (Eidfjord)
    • Kayaking or rafting (Eidfjord) (please see add-ons)
    • Vøringsfossen Waterfall
    • Geilolia Summer Park (Geilo)
  • Dinner and accommodation at Dr.Holms Hotel.

Day 05: Geilo – Sognefjord – Balestrand (230 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Geilo to Balestrand.
    • Driving distance: 230 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4,5 hours
    • Short ferry crossing from Vangsnes to Dragsvik (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Flåm and the Flåm Railway
  • Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included

Day 06: 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 (Jun-Aug)
    • Fjord & Glacier Excursion – half day (Jun-Aug)
  • Dinner and accommodation in Kvikne’s Hotel.
    • Room with fjord view included

Day 07: Balestrand – Bergen (210 km)

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Balestrand to Bergen.
    • Driving distance: 210 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
    • Short ferry crossing from Lavik to Oppedal (to be paid on spot)
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 08: Departure from Bergen

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

Day 01: Arrival in Bergen/Os

Arrival in Bergen according to your own itinerary. Your hotel for the next two nights is the historic Solstrand Hotel, situated right by the fjord only 30 km south of Bergen and the airport. The hotel has been in the Schau-Larsen family for four generations, preserving a tradition of unsurpassed hospitality, traditional cuisine and a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.
Dinner and accommodation at Solstrand Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 02: Day at leisure in Bergen/Os

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure. We recommend an excursion to Bergen, 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 at Solstrand Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 03: Bergen – Hardangerfjord – Lofthus (170 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Two ferry crossings (to be paid on spot) will bring you across the Bjørnefjord and the Hardangerfjord to Jondal, while you will have the possibility to see Norway’s 3rd largest glacier, Folgefonna. Continue on the scenic road via Utne and along Sørfjorden, an arm of the Hardangerfjord, to Lofthus. Along the way we recommend a visit at Agatunet and Tyssedal Power Plant.; Agatunet is one of the few remaining farm communities which provides unique examples of western Norwegian building traditions from the Middle Ages until the present day. In addition to the farm buildings the museum offers handicraft shops, art exhibitions, a workshop for weavers, baking of traditional food and much more. Your hotel for the next night is the impressive Ullensvang Hotel, beautifully located in Lofthus on the Hardangerfjord. The Hardangerfjord is the second largest fjord in Norway, and famous for its fruit orchards. The contrast created by green hillsides, orchards in blossom and snow-clad mountains has inspired many, and among them the well-known Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg with his famous composition «Spring». If travelling in May you will have the possibility to see the lovely blossoming of the fruit trees. Dinner and accommodation at Ullensvang Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 04: Lofthus – Geilo (135 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Leave Lofthus by car along the Hardangerfjord to Eidfjord, where we recommend a visit at the Hardangervidda Nature Centre. In Eidfjord you can also join a kayaking or rafting excursion. Ascend the scenic Måbødal Valley where at the top we highly recommend a stop to see the spectacular Vøringsfossen Waterfall, with a fall of 182 metres. Continue across Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, with its snow-capped mountain peaks to the mountain village of Geilo.
Dinner and accommodation at Dr.Holms Hotel.

Day 05: Geilo – Sognefjord – Balestrand (230 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will drive from Geilo via Hol and towards the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord. The first glimpse of the fjord when arriving from the mountain road is breathtaking. Hairpin bends will lead you down to the fjord and the villages of Aurland and Flåm. In Flåm we recommend a stop to experience a roundtrip with the Flåm Railway, which 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. Drive from Flåm in direction of Voss and continue across the Vika Mountain to Vangsnes, for a short ferry crossing (to be paid on spot) to the beautiful fjord village of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 06: Balestrand / Optional Fjord & Glacier Excursion

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Balestrand. As an alternative we recommend an excursion to Fjærland and the Glacier Museum (possible from June to August). 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). Return by ferry to Balestrand (please see add-ons for further details). Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel (room with fjord view).

Day 07: Balestrand – Bergen (210 km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Balestrand in western direction via Høyanger to Lavik, where a short ferry crossing (to be paid on spot) will bring you across the Sognefjord to Oppedal. Continue to Bergen. Accommodation in Bergen.

Day 08: Departure from Bergen

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

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