The Western Fjords of Norway

9 Days | 8 Nights

*Dates and prices on request

Experience Western Norway’s unforgettable breathtaking scenery with soaring snow-capped peaks and glaciers, cascading waterfalls and dramatic fjords. This region is one of the best preserved attractions on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and rightly so, and where you can see some of the world’s highest waterfalls amongst the fjords.

The tour is based in the picturesque lakeside town of Voss located between the Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord and is well placed for excursions such as ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ and the stunning Sognefjord.

 

Suggested itinerary by coach

Days 1-2: Overnight to Denmark.

Depart Harwich early evening for the overnight crossing to Esbjerg arriving about midday. Continue to Aalborg in Northern Denmark for an overnight stop. (173 miles).

Day 3: Crossing the Border.

After breakfast, drive to Hirtshals for the ferry crossing, and over the border to Kristiansand in Norway. Continue to Stavanger, for a second overnight stop. (188 miles).

 

Photo by Nils-Erik Bjørholt

Day 4: Stavanger to Voss.

The journey continues from Stavanger to Voss through stunning scenery and crossing the famous Hardangerfjord, arriving in Voss in time for dinner. (180 miles).

Day 5: Sognefjord Sightseeing.

Experience a full day round trip tour of the Sognefjord, the world’s longest fjord. Take in the spectacular scenery of the Vik mountains with an optional visit to Hopperstad Stave Church dating back to 1230. Visit Vangsnes and see the statue of Fridtjov the Viking. From here, take the ferry across the Sognfjord to Hella and drive along the shores of the fjord passing many fruit farms, through Leikanger and onto Kaupanger. Cross the fjord again from Manheller to Fodnes to visit Laerdal with an optional visit to the Wild Salmon Centre, before experiencing a drive through the world’s longest road tunnel back to the hotel. (110 miles).

Day 6: Voss or ‘Norway in a Nutshell’.

Enjoy either a day at leisure exploring Voss with an optional ride on the Hangursbanen Cable Car or an unforgettable experience on the classic ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ excursion. Gudvangen, the starting point for the tour, is only a short drive from the hotel, and from where you board ship for an unforgettable four hour cruise on the Sognefjord, with its steep mountain cliffs, glaciers and snow-capped peaks. Look out for seals and other wildlife as the ship enters the amazingly narrow Naeroyfjord. Sail past traditional fjord-side farms and small hamlets on the Aurlandsfjord before reaching Flam, nestling between precipitous mountain slopes and cascading waterfalls. Then board the famous Flam railway, an unbelievable 20km train journey from sea level at the fjord up to the mountain village of Myrdal. Admire the views from the top before joining the train back to Voss.

 

Photo by C H

Day 7: Hardangerfjord and Kristiansand.

Leave Voss behind and take a drive along the scenic Hardangerfjord passing through the picturesque village of Ulvik, with its wooden houses and scenic mountain backdrop which lies in a sheltered bay, before crossing the fjord from Bruravik to Brimnes. Continue to Eidfjord, which is stunningly located at the head of the fjord. Continue south across the Haukeli Mountains to Kristiansand and a final overnight stop. (270 miles).

Day 8: Norway to Denmark.

Take the morning ferry from Kristiansand to Hirtshals, continuing to Esbjerg for the overnight ferry to the UK. (215 miles).

Day 9: Return to the UK.

Arrive into Harwich around lunchtime and continue the journey home.

Suggested hotels

Fleischer’s Hotel Voss

Fleischer’s is a modern hotel in Voss, but it is rich in tradition. Built in 1889 in the then popular Swiss style the hotel has 115 bedrooms. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and sauna, jacuzzi, sun terrace and coach parking.

Park Hotel Voss

Located in the centre of Voss on the banks of the Vangs Lake. 131 en-suite rooms with TV, phone and mini bar. Lovely lakeside garden, comfortable lake-view lounge, piano bar, popular Station Café/Pub, award-winning wine cellar.

Price includes:
– 3 nights Half Board (Voss).
– 1 night Half Board (Aalborg, Stavanger and Kristiansand).
– Return overnight crossing from Harwich to Esbjerg in low berth outside cabins.
– Return ferry crossing from Hirtshals to Kristiansand.
– Internal ferry crossings from Brimnes to Bruravik, Vangsnes to Hella and Manheller to Fodnes.

Excludes:
– Bridge/tunnel tolls, if applicable.
– Optional Extras (from pp)
– Norway in a Nutshell excursion £89.00
– Ride on the Hangursbanen Cable Car (Voss) £14.00
– Visit to Wild Salmon Centre £13.00
– Coach Hire*

*We can arrange coach hire from your local area – please ask for details.