Explore majestic fjords, unique cities and towns and the best of Norway on this 8-day, 7-night tour. From catching fresh salmon to a cruise through the Lysefjord, this is an unforgettable Norwegian experience.
Arrive in Bergen. Welcome to Norway! Pick up your rental car at the airport and check-into your accommodations. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. We recommend a relaxing walk to Bryggen for a delicious dinner at a wonderful local restaurant.
Enjoy a day exploring the city! Meet your guide in the lobby and experience a walking tour including highlights such as the famous Fish and Flower Market, the old Bryggen Harbor with its gabled pack houses, the popular Hanseatic Quarter and the ancient Maria Church, which was built in the 1100s.
After a lovely breakfast, you’ll depart from Bergen. Enjoy the spectacular view of “the city of rhododendrons” as you are leaving Bergen and driving towards the unique island landscape on the south-western coast of Norway en route to Stavanger. Cross by ferry from Halhjem to Sandvikvåg and short drive to Fitjar for a wild and authentic experience of a local Fish farm.
A RIB boat will take you from the mainland out to the Engesund Fish Farm, where you will learn about the Norwegian fishing industry and a sustainable fish farm. Enjoy tasting the fresh salmon and their famous fish soup for lunch before returning to the mainland and proceeding south past islands and bridges en route to Arsvågen.
Here you will board the ferry to Mortavika before you arrive in Stavanger, the cosmopolitan town of the Rogaland region and Norway’s fourth-largest city. Stavanger is known as a trading center for petroleum refinery and the building of oil platforms. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the evening on your own.
After breakfast, enjoy the morning exploring Stavanger! You’ll visit the oldest cathedral in Norway and Old Stavanger, where you will find Northern Europe’s biggest and best preserved concentration of wooden houses, more than 170 houses built at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century.
Mid-morning, depart by boat for an experience to the unforgettable Pulpit Rock, an amazing flat rock formation standing out above the Lysefjord, whose sheer rock walls rise as high as one kilometre in places! On this exhilarating boat tour you will see the memorable Lysefjord, with towering waterfalls, idyllic islands and breathtaking scenery. Discover the ‘secret’ Vagabond’s Cave (Fantahålå), and taste clear mountain water from the Hengjane falls.
The boat tour roundtrip to Stavanger is three hours. You can choose to get off the boat, after experiencing the Lysefjord and viewing the Pulpit Rock from the fjord, and proceed on a guided hiking tour up to the Pulpit Rock.
After breakfast at the hotel, take the ferry from Mortavika to Arsvågen and continue towards the Hardanger region, enjoying lunch en route. Next, hope on the ferry from Skånevik to Utåker and cross the Åkra Fjord. As you reach the Hardangerfjord, you’ll quickly see why it’s famous for its many fruit orchards. In May/June the fruit trees are in bloom, and the fruit blooming in Hardanger is an experience people never forget. The time of blossom depends on the temperature during spring, but they usually blossom for one month between mid-May and mid-June. First is the blossom of cherries and plums, followed by pear and apple blossoms.
Drive along the scenic fjord to Rosendal and visit Baroniet Rosendal Manor House & Gardens. Step back in time during a tour of the house, dating back to 1665, and enjoy a walk through the beautiful flowering renaissance garden and landscape park. After, we’ll take a short drive to Ænes for a visit to the recreational farm retreat Gygratun. Enjoy a guided tour of the farm with animals and get to learn more about traditional Norwegian farm lifestyle.
Proceed under the Folgefonna glacier and continue past the Sandvevatnet Lake for a beautiful view of the Folgefonna Glacier and further on to the thundering rich Låtefossen. Hereafter the route goes north, passing Odda and Tyssedal – both industrial towns from 19th century until today. As you are driving the scenic route along the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord, you will enjoy amazing views of fruit trees in blossom.
We’ll arrive to the hotel in Lofthus late in the afternoon. This unique family-owned hotel dates back to 1846, and today the hotel has found the perfect balance between rich traditions and modern facilities. Enjoy dinner at the hotel’s dining room “Spisesalen”, well-known for their impressive range of homemade dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
You’ll have this day to explore at your leisure. Choose to relax at the wonderfull Hotel Ullensvang at the pool or with tennis, squash or any other of a variety of activities. Or join an impressive helicopter sightseeing tour for astonishing views of the waterfalls at the end of the valley. Finally, you can opt for a guided walking tour of the fruit tral to learn more about fruit farming and local history.
For advanced hikers there are many other optional excursions to test your limits!
After breakfast, depart from the hotel and make your way north. The route goes north past Kinsarvik and into Eidfjord before stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180m. Cross the Hardanger Bridge, which is among the longest suspension bridges in the world, and drive to Ulvik. Here you will visit the Hardanger Juice and Cider Factory, a traditional apple orchard that produces apple juice, cider and liquor. You will get to see the farm and production facilities and also taste the different products, before enjoying lunch in the restaurant with panoramic windows to the fjord below.
After lunch, proceed through Voss and Gudvangen until you reach Flåm, located at the most inner part of the Aurland Fjord. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure – we have several recommendations here from hiking to sightseeing. Perhaps you’ll want to spend more than one night here and experience as much as you can in this unique, hidden gem!
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and continue your journey where it all began – in Bergen!
In the evening, enjoy a world-class dinner on a small island just outside the city of Bergen. From Bryggen you board a boat at 18:00 for a beautiful trip to the island Bjorøy. Here you’ll find the Cornelius Restaurants, one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants. Enjoy the unique setting with view to the fjord, mountains, skerries and passing boats and ships, you will be served a heavenly five-course farewell dinner, before the boat is taking you back to the mainland late evening.
After breakfast make your way back to the airport and catch your flight back home.
Multiple dates available