A summer self-drive through Norway’s Western Fjords, staying at De Historiske Hotels
History & culture | Mountains | Natural world | Self-drive | Spa | Summer
De Historiske hotels are not ordinary hotels. They are landed estates, country houses, manors, timber-built hotels in pseudo-Swiss and Jugend style, old coaching inns and historic buildings that have been transformed into beautiful, romantic retreats in some of Norway's most spectacular locations. This ten-day self-drive through the western fjords takes in spectacular fjord scenery, romantic, historical hotels, breakfasts and dinners at De Historiske's world-class restaurants and fantastic opportunities for walking and other exciting outdoor activities.
Day by day itinerary
Arrive in Fjord Norway's gateway city of Bergen, collect your hire car and drive south to Os and the Solstrand Hotel & Spa, beautifully situated by the Bjørnefjord with magnificent views of the mountains and fjord. Enjoy a delicious Taste the Coast dinner in the evening.
Stay: Solstrand Hotel & Spa
Drive to Hotel Ullensvang on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, the third longest fjord in the world and one of Norway's most dramatic. The hotel has been run by the same family since 1846 and has played host to such notables as Indira Gandhi and Henry Kissinger. Its spa and infinity pool may well have the best view in Norway.
Stay: Hotel Ullensvang, Hardanger (Superior)
Meals: B D
Wind you way through more breathtaking fjord scenery to tiny and tranquil Balestrand, tucked away on the edge of the Sognefjord. Your base for two nights is the Kviknes Hotel, again right on the waterfront. Comprising both traditional Swiss-chalet-style buildings and more modern additions, Kviknes offers great food and wine and a fascinating in-house art collection. It also makes a great base for hiking in the area or exploring the fjords by boat.
Stay: Kviknes, Balestrand (Superior)
Meals: B D
The leisurely drive from Balestrand to Solvorn passes a UNESCO-listed, 850-year-old stave church at the sleepy town of Urne. Then, at Solvorn, check in for two nights at the Walaker Hotel, which has been run by the same family since 1640. It has its own bathing beach on the shores of the Lustrafjord, a delightful garden full of roses and lilacs and a large art gallery showcasing artists from all over Norway. Like everywhere in the region, there's wonderful walking to be had in the area. We particularly recommend the walk to Molden, 1,116m above sea level, with amazing views over Lustrafjord.
Stay: Walaker Hotel, Sognefjord (Superior)
Meals: B D
Return to Bergen for two final nights, staying at the superb Clarion Collection Havnekontoret. With its quayside location, you'll be perfectly placed for exploring the best of the city, taking in the World Heritage-listed Hanseatic wharf, visiting the city's famous fish market and taking in the views from the summit of Fløyen Mountain, reached by a scenic funicular ride.
Stay: Clarion Collection Havnekontoret, Bergen (Superior)
Transfer from your hotel to Bergen airport for your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,760 incl. flights
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