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Hjørundfjord, Norway

Norway: Best of the West

7-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,860 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

A fly-drive holiday that pairs historic Ålesund with the spectacular fjords of western Norway

Highlights

  • Explore Norway's western fjords on super-scenic drives
  • Stay in Ålesund, a seaside town of Art-Nouveau charm
  • Drive the famous Eagle Road
  • Indulge with included half-board dining
  • Hike or cruise among Geirangerfjord's natural splendour

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Alesund
  • 2 Nights Norangsfjorden
  • 2 Nights Storfjord

About

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Following a two-night stay in the heart of Art-Nouveau Ålesund's pretty peninsula setting, this road trip brings you deep in Norway's western fjords via a series of scenic drives, ferry rides and stays in boutique, waterside hotels. You'll head first to Norangsfjorden, where a choice of hikes, bike rides and wild swimming will showcase the region's magnificent scenery. Then, after a spectacular day journeying through the heart of the fjords, including a drive along the switchbacks of the famous Eagle's Road, you'll arrive at the stunning Storfjord Hotel, where you'll have the chance to relax with leisurely strolls, superb local food and even a well-earned spa treatment. Alternatively, let the adventure continue with a trip to Andalsnes and an optional ride of the Rauma Railway.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Ålesund

Fly to Ålesund and check in to the Hotel Brosundet, whose antique-beamed rooms are framed by views of the pretty waterfront. Spend the afternoon looking around the town's gorgeous Art-Nouveau centre. Entirely rebuilt following the great fire of 1904, it's a vision of pastel-coloured beauty. Your hotel – a boutique gem pairing traditional and contemporary design – is in the centre of town, directly on the water, so you're well placed for exploring on foot.

Stay: Hotel Brosundet, Alesund (Superior)

Meals: B

Day 2
Ålesund

You’ll have another day to explore the colourful streets of Ålesund, perhaps visiting one of several fascinating museums, including the Art Museum KUBE, Ålesunds Museum or the Fisheries Museum. There’s even an open-air collection of 55 historic houses and boats, including replicas of Viking Ships, at Sunnmøre Museum & Borgundkaupangen. Then, perhaps walk the 418 steps up Mt. Aksla to take it all in from up above, along with sweeping views of the surrounding Sunnmøre Alps.

Stay: Hotel Brosundet, Alesund (Superior)

Days 3-4
Norangsfjorden

After collecting your hire car, you'll head out on a scenic drive past towering cliffs and powerful waterfalls to your hotel at the tip of Norangsfjorden, a branch of Hjørundfjord. On arrival,  Then, check into the Hotel Union Oye, a grand 130 year-old dame by Relais & Chateaux that's been delightfully updated for the 21st century. This evening, head to the restaurant to enjoy the first of your included dinners, featuring dishes inspired by the region and created using ingredients sourced from local farms and suppliers.

The next day is yours to explore, with everything from wild swimming to hiking, biking and kayaking available. There's also the likes of wine tastings hosted by the hotel's own sommelier, off-the-beaten-track fjords cruises and even helicopter flights, if you feel like splashing out.

Stay: Hotel Union Oye

Meals: B D

Days 5-6
Storfjord

Heading out from Norangsfjorden, you'll drive to the car ferry at Hellesylt for the scenic, 70-minute journey to Geiranger. It's a delightfully scenic trip, passing pretty villages framed by waterfalls and plunging cliffs. On arrival in Geiranger, take the time to drive to the Flydalsjuvet viewpoint, then maybe grab some lunch in town before heading along the switchbacks of 'Eagles Road' towards Eidsdal for more stunning outlooks. Eventually you'll arrive in Eidsdal where you'll catch a ferry to Linge before driving the final hour to Storfjord Hotel.

The following day, either relax at the hotel, with its gorgeous views, delightful restaurant and wellness centre, or drive an hour to Andalsnes to experience the Rauma Railway or take the Romsdalgondola for more spectacular views and hiking trails.

Stay: Storfjord Hotel, Skodje (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Day 7
Depart for UK

After breakfast this morning, drive back to Ålesund, mapping lush-green valleys en route before dropping your hire car off at the airport in time for your return flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

7-day tailor-made self-drive
from £1,860 pp incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £1,860 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,725 pp. incl. flights

    Includes 

    • Return flights from London to Alesund incl. tax and luggage
    • 2 nights at Hotel Brosundet, Alesund in a standard room on a B&B basis
    • 2 nights at Hotel Union Oye in a standard room including breakfast and 3-course dinner
    • 2 nights at Storfjord Hotel in a standard room including breakfast and 3-course dinner
    • 5 days (5 x 24 hrs) Cat B car hire including one way drop off fee.
    • Ferry including passengers & car from Hellesylt to Geiranger

    Terms & Conditions

    Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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