Breathtaking Norway is one of the most naturally appealing holiday destinations in the world and has left many a visitor in awe of its splendour. Our tour combines a stay at a historic lakeside hotel in Vradal, a small village in the midst of Norway’s Telemark region. Also staying at Balestrand, the artistic capital of the Sognefjord, with its narrow fjord branches and scenic mountain landscapes. Both hotels offer good facilities and high standards of food, accommodation and service. Other tour highlights include visits to the Norwegian Glacier Museum and the Sogn Folk Museum with various scenic journeys around beautiful Norway, tempting you with royal mountains, lush forests and quiet lakes.
This 4 star hotel is located in Vradal, on the north shore of Lake Nisser in Norway’s Telemark region. The hotel has been owned and managed by the Straand family for 4 generations. All of the 125 bedrooms are ensuite and have a TV, minibar, hairdryer, radio and a telephone. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, indoor heated swimming pool and several comfortable lounges and relaxation areas as well as a pleasant outdoor terrace. The front of the hotel enjoys views of Lake Nisser and only a few steps away is the hotels lakeside garden. The hotel is served by a lift.
Kviknes is a modern hotel with old-world charm, atmosphere and with 190 guest rooms is one of the most traditional hotels in Norway.
Saturday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Folkestone during which a light breakfast is served. Boarding the morning train a glass of champagne and snacks set the holiday mood. Arriving in Calais we begin our drive through Belgium to Holland and our overnight hotel, the Postilion, in Deventer, close to Arnhem.
Sunday A fine buffet breakfast before heading north through Germany passing the cities of Bremen & Hamburg before crossing the Danish border to reach our overnight hotel, the Scandic Kolding, in the town of the same name early evening well in time for dinner.
Monday After an early breakfast we proceed north through Jutland to Hirtshalas for the ferry to Norway, so relax, sample some refreshments and enjoy the ships facilities. Following our arrival in Norway, we travel inland and enjoy a first taste of the pristine scenery for which Norway is so rightly famed for. The journey includes wonderful Lakeland scenery before arriving at Vradel and our hotel where we will be staying for two nights.
Tuesday Today we have a free morning to explore our resort, the hotel has great facilities including an indoor pool, panoramic terrace, lounge and a wonderful garden that sweeps down from the hotel and right to the lake shore and beach. This afternoon we include a 2 hour cruise on Lake Nisser on the veteran boat MS Fram. The Fram dates from 1909, our journey takes us between small islands and through an old lock. A captain with a lot of local information guides us from Vrådal to Storstraumsbukti. We might even be able to spot a beaver on our cruise! We make our way back to our hotel for dinner.
WednesdayWe depart our hotel and make our way to Brunkenburg before crossing the Haukelifiel Mountain Road and descending to the Sorfjord, a branch of the Hardangerfjord, at Odda. We make a lunch stop here before continuing along the western shore of the Hardangerfjord. Overlooked by the Folgefonn Glacier the road is flanked by fruit trees on one side and the deep fjord on the other. We arrive in Utne and take the short ferry ride across to Kvanndal. North then, past Voss and towards Gudvangen before climbing up on to the Vik Mountains where snow can often be seen right into the late spring. We then descend towards Vik with exciting views on to and across the mighty Sognefjord. Here we take a ferry across the fjord to arrive in the beautiful village of Balestrand. It is here that we check into our hotel the Kviknes before heading to our rooms to settle in before dinner.
Thursday This morning we have time at leisure to explore Balestrand. It is based in an idyllic location on the short of the longest and deepest fjord in the world Sognefjord. It reaches 130 miles inland, flanked by waterfalls, spectacular rock walls and the blossom of 80,000 fruit trees in spring. Late morning we take a ferry ride to make a short trip along the fjord, stopping for lunch in Sogndal. We proceed in the afternoon for a visit to the Sogn Folk Museum in Kaupanger. One of the oldest and biggest folk museums in Norway, showing exhibits of agriculture, handicraft and rustic art, clothes and textiles. We return to our hotel for dinner.
Friday After breakfast we ascent on to the Gaularfjell High Mountain road, one of Norway’s National Tourist Routes, the road twists and turns through no less than nine dramatic hairpin bends. There will be photo stops along the way, so don’t forget your camera! We eventually arrive in Skei, a small town with a picturesque location at the top of Lake Jolstratnet. We spend some time here before moving on to reach the award-winning Norwegian Glacier Museum. After time here, we travel on towards Sogndal, where there are un-missable photo opportunities which allows wonderful views along the Fjaerlandsfjord. We complete the round trip by retracing our steps and boarding a ferry for the short journey back.
Saturday Today we enjoy a scenic drive viewing spectacular fjords, river valleys and Norway’s southern coastline. We start the day with two short fjord ferry crossings before joining the old Oslo/ Bergen post route through the Laerdal Valley with a short photo stop at the Borgund Stave Church. After, we drive along one of Norway’s most famous salmon fishing rivers, every summer there are over 100,000 anglers fishing in the 450 Norwegian rivers. We make a stop in Borgund for a look around and possibly take lunch before continuing through Hemsedal, one of Norway’s most famous downhill skiing areas. We then travel south, through Noresund and Kroderen to arrive in Horten and our hotel in time for dinner.
Sunday An early breakfast at the hotel before we board the Color Line fast ferry from Larvik back to Denmark. Disembarking in Hirtshals at midday we make our way through Jutland and southern Denmark to the German border and on to our overnight hotel in the city of Neumunster.
Monday An interesting day as we drive through northern Germany and into Holland to spend time in the historic city of Arnhem, famous for the battle fought by British paratroopers in their heroic but failed attempt to hold off the German army in WW2. We continue to the coast and the Hook of Holland for the relaxing overnight cruise – ferry back to the UK. Accommodation is in 2 berth outer cabins
Tuesday Early morning we approach the port of Harwich and after time for breakfast we disembark for the drive through Suffolk to return to our home area and waiting taxis approx. midday at the end of a tour to remember
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